In January of this year, we asked our members to set our agenda for us….to give us direction and priorities that would match their expectations of the Association. As a proactive group, they certainly did not disappoint. Here is what they said and a glimpse of this...
Join us for the first Melbourne Chapter event of 2017. As one of the more important pieces of the comfort and energy puzzle that is Passive House - the ventilation unit, or mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) is largely responsible for keeping a building...
The Australian Passive House Association (APHA) is thrilled to announce that we are now members of ASBEC, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. We join 26 of the country’s distinguished organisations, including Engineers Australia, GBCA, Architects...
Passive Houses allow for energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical existing buildings and over 75% compared with average new best-practice constructions. Similar energy savings have been demonstrated in warm climates where buildings require more energy for cooling than for heating.
Passive Houses are also praised for their high level of comfort. They use energy sources inside the building such as the body heat from the residents or solar heat entering the building – making heating a lot easier.
Special windows and a building shell consisting of highly insulated exterior walls, roof and floor slab keep the desired warmth in the house – or undesirable heat out.
A ventilation system consistently supplies fresh air making for superior air quality without causing any unpleasant draughts. A highly efficient heat recovery unit allows for the heat contained in the exhaust air to be re-used.
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