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What is Passive House?

Efficient

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.

Comfortable

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.

Insulated

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.

Ventilated

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

The International Passive House Conference, 2016

Read the full article by Clare Parry here: https://sourceable.net/the-international-passive-house-conference/ In late April, the 20th International Passive House Conference was held in Darmstadt, Germany. The pilgrimage is made from all over the world by hundreds of... read more

Passive House Overview

APHA member Eric Zehrung (Architect, Certified Passive House Designer and director of Green Point Design) has written an excellent overview of Passive House for The Owner Builder magazine. Highly recommended reading for anyone new to the topic – download the... read more

SPPH – Conference and Trade Show 2017

Hot off the back of this years South Pacific Passive House Conference, the Passive House Institute in New Zealand are getting ready for next years event.

With the dates set for the 03 – 05 March, 2017, it time to consider those cheap seat on flights heading south to Christchurch, New Zealand.

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