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What is Passive House?


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.

Passive House News and Events

Canberra Chapter – September Monthly Meeting

You are cordially invited to the September Monthly Meeting of the Canberra Chapter of the Australian Passive House Association to be held on Wednesday 14 September 2016 from 5:30pm – 7pm (strating at 6pm) in the Boardroom at the  Housing Industry Association...

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Canberra Event – Wednesday, 13th of July

The second monthly meeting of the Canberra Chapter of the Australian Passive House Association will be held on Wednesday 13 July. All welcome – details below: You are cordially invited to the Second Monthly Meeting of the Canberra Chapter of the Australian...

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Pro Clima Scholarship Opportunities – 2016

Pro Clima has very generously offered the following scholarships for the upcoming Certified Passive House Designer and Certified Passive House Tradesperson courses at Box Hill: Designer Course: The successful applicant will receive full subsidy for the Australia...

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2nd South Pacific Passive House Awards

Certified or certifiable Passive Houses erected in the South Pacific are eligible to compete in the 2nd South Pacific Passive House Awards. Submissions are divided into two categories: Architectural merits Cost-effectiveness To enter, please submit the following...

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Multi-Family Passive Houses a Potential Boon for Australia

According to research by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), “energy use in buildings is responsible for 26 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and is the primary cause of peak energy demand on the electricity...

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