Passivhaus or 'Passive House' is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world. The heating requirement in a Passivhaus is reduced so that a traditional central heating system is no longer required. The Passivhaus standard is to create a building that has an excellent thermal performance, high comfort levels, exceptional airtightness and mechanical ventilation which results in minimising the 'Heating Demand' of the building. As with our Low Energy architecture, we believe that Passive Homes can be delivered in an affordable way at the time of the build but with the cost savings over a short period of years, the Passive.
The vast energy savings in Passive Houses are achieved by using
especially energy efficient building components and a quality
ventilation system: but not cutting back on comfort. The house itself needs minimal energy to begin with!
As with our Low Energy ECOHomes, we believe that Passive Homes can be delivered in a affordable way at the time of the build but with the cost savings over a short period of years, the Passive House pays for itself in no time. Passive housing is effective for any building that uses energy - residential housing, offices, schools, super markets and factories.