Energy and water efficiency are core issues for the design, management and operation of buildings and facilities and we will examine this in detail over the two days of the conference. New technologies, facility management, building services as well as staff practices...read more
UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 If one perception persists in the world of Passive House design, it is the belief that the Passive House concept and planning process results in architecturally unambitious, boxy eco-homes, where performance and comfort are maintained at all...read more
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.