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Why do Passivhaus ?

The Passivhaus standard is the gold standard for new build and retrofit work.

Most importantly, it aims to reduce CO2 emissions to the practical minimum, the level required to address man-made climate change and move towards 'net-zero'.

However, the standard is also centred on human comfort, based on the need to achieve draught-free buildings with excellent air quality via comfort ventilation.

Currently, the capital costs of this approach are a little higher than standard minimum construction, although dropping year by year.


Running costs are however much lower, and 'cost in use' calculations prove the financial benefit, on top of the human and environmental ones

There is a massive amount of information online. e.g:

What is Passivhaus ?

Passivhaus is a design standard widely recognised as the 'gold standard' for low energy design.

Devised in the 1980's by German building physicists, it is a thorough and rigorous approach, constantly tested and refined by the design community who use it, to:

minimise energy use + maximise comfort by:

  • orientation of the building on the site

  • insulation to very high standards

  • airtightness to ultra-high standards

  • use of sophisticated software to test the design

Most Passivhaus designs - which can, despite the name, apply to any type of building - involve the use of mechanical ventilation with heat recovery [MVHR] to carefully control and condition the air supply, removing warm damp air, and recycling the heat through a heat exchanger..

Similarly, most buildings will require triple-glazed windows and doors to achieve the standard.


Overall, Passivhaus construction typically reduces energy consumption to around 10% of that typically required by existing buildings.

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