Mention Passivhaus to building professionals and you may get an array of responses: a barrage of questions, an unnecessarily strict demand that takes efficiency too far, an unnecessary remedy for a problem we don’t have, or perhaps the panacea for all our building woes. So what is it all about, really?

Back in 2014, Clare Parry published a fantastic synopsis on the subject, bringing the Australian climate into context while laying out the challenges in laymen’s terms!

A big thank you to the team at the Environmental Design Guide for allowing the APHA to republish this for our members and readers.