The Passive House standard is a rigorous building energy performance standard that aims to reduce the energy consumption of buildings and maximising occupant health and comfort.
5 Principals of Passive House
Passive House buildings must have a continuous layer of insulation on the exterior walls, roof, and floor in order to reduce heat loss through the building envelope.
Passive House buildings must have windows with high levels of insulation and airtightness to reduce heat loss through the windows.
AIRTIGHT BUILDING ENVELOPE
Passive House buildings must have an airtight building envelope to prevent air leakage and reduce heating and cooling losses.
HEAT RECOVERY VENTILATION
Passive House buildings are fitted with a heat recovery ventilation system that captures the heat from outgoing air and uses it to preheat and filter the incoming fresh air, reducing energy consumption for heating and ventilation.
THERMAL BRIDGE-FREE CONSTRUCTION
Passive House buildings are designed to minimize thermal bridges, which are areas where heat is lost due to a lack of insulation. This is achieved through careful planning and construction details.
Are you considering building a passive house?
Here are some reasons why it's a great idea:
Passive houses are designed to use minimal energy for heating and cooling, reducing your energy bills and carbon footprint.
Passive houses are carefully designed to maintain a consistent, comfortable indoor temperature year-round, even in extreme weather conditions.
Passive houses are built with high-quality materials and construction techniques, making them durable and long-lasting.
Passive houses have excellent indoor air quality, thanks to the use of natural ventilation and the absence of drafts. This can improve respiratory health and reduce the risk of allergies and other respiratory issues.
While the initial construction costs of a passive house may be higher, the long-term energy savings can more than offset the additional upfront expenses.
Living in a Passive Haus certified home can offer many benefits, including improved energy efficiency and reduced energy bills. Because Passive Haus buildings are well-insulated and airtight, they require very little energy to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature and comfortable humidity. This means that residents of Passive Haus homes save money on heating and cooling costs and live year round in a healthy and sustainable home.
In addition to the financial benefits, living in a Passive House can also have environmental benefits. Because these homes use less energy, they generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions and can help to reduce your carbon footprint. This can help to combat climate change and protect the environment.
Another benefit of living in a Passive House is improved indoor air quality. These homes are fitted with a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery, they provide a constant supply of fresh, filtered air while preventing heat loss. This can help to reduce allergens and other pollutants in the air, and improves the overall health and comfort of the occupants.
Overall, living in a Passive Haus certified home can offer many benefits, including reduced energy bills, improved indoor air quality, and a smaller carbon footprint. These homes are designed to be highly energy efficient and sustainable, and outperform a standard Australian home in both energy usage and build quality.
Overall, building a passive house is a smart investment that can provide numerous benefits for you and the environment. Don't miss out on the opportunity to have a comfortable, energy-efficient, and healthy home.
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