Passive House is a building standard originating from Germany (Passiv Haus) that prefaces buildings that are comfortable, energy efficient and economical to run. Adopting the Passive House standard reduces energy bills by up to 90% and can help ensure that a building is well constructed, well ventilated and very comfortable to inhabit.
A Certified Passive House abides by the following principles:
Minimal Heating and Cooling Required – A building that is built to best practice passive design standards, so that minimal heating and cooling is required.
Top Quality Building Envelope - A building envelope that has continuous thermal insulation, high thermal performance windows (double glazing), is airtight and protected from moisture build up.
Energy Efficient – Energy Efficient heating, cooling, ventilation system to ensure energy savings up to 90% compared to a typical Australians house.
Comfortable – A building that has an internal temperature range between 20-25 degrees and best practice humidity levels.
Ventilated – A building that has constant fresh air supply, to ensure internal environments are free of harmful pollutants and carbon dioxide levels are kept low.
To find out more about Passive house, visit the Australian Passive House Association website.
Nayan Puri has completed the Passive House Consultant Certification Course and can help clients decide if they should build to Passive House Standards.