Passive House Certification – Worth The Effort?

Passive House Certification – Worth The Effort?

Many people who seek a Passive House building do so for reasons of comfort, health and efficiency. Given these genuine and admirable outcomes, what role, then, does Passive House Certification play in a project? Despite some misconceptions, it is not mandatory to...

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GBCA Consultation: World-first for Passive House?

GBCA Consultation: World-first for Passive House?

Over the course of 2016, our friends at the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) have continued to lead the sustainable transformation of the built environment. To this end, the GBCA enact minor but important updates to the Green Star rating tools once a year,...

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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.