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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

APHA News – Members Nominate New Board for 2016/17

On Saturday 15 October 2016, we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Melbourne, Victoria, networked nationally over teleconference. As per our Constitution, By-Laws, Rules and Code of Conduct, we hold an AGM every calendar year at a time and place determined by...

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APHA Annual General Meeting + Election

We welcome all members to attend the APHA Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held this Saturday 15th October, 2016. This AGM will mark a major milestone for APHA, with a chance to review what we’ve achieved so far, as well as to let you know what we have...

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Canberra Chapter – October 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 12 October 2016 from 5:30pm – 7pm (strating at 6pm) in the Boardroom at the  Housing Industry Association (HIA)...

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Passive House Tradesperson Info Session @ Box Hill Institute

Hear from Passive House expert, Master Builder and Director of Carbonlite Enterprises Pty Ltd, Mr Burkhard Hansen as he hosts an information evening for registered builders about Box Hill Institute’s Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) course. Box Hill...

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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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