Passivhaus

Passivhaus is an internationally acclaimed building standard which significantly reduces the carbon footprint of buildings, making them both energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Passivhaus will:

  • Provide a high level of occupant comfort
  • Potentially improve health of occupants with respiratory disorders
  • Be built with meticulous attention to detail, rigorous design and construction principles
  • Generally need 90% less energy for heating
  • Offer excellent insulation (300mm is normal)
  • Focus on air tightness to minimise heat loss and improved comfort
  • Offer Solar gain to provide heating
  • Use a Heat Exchange System to improve air quality and retain warmth
  • Minimise thermal bridging, to prevent cold spots and improve comfort
  • Be successfully applied across all building styles including residential, office, community centres etc.

The main benefits:

  • Eliminates future retrofit costs
  • Zero fuel poverty in Passivhaus homes
  • Negligible rent arrears in Passivhaus homes
  • Greater comfort reported by residents
  • Higher and long term tenant satisfaction

 

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