A passive house is the most rigorous building performance standard in the world today. A home that’s been passively built has measures in place to maintain a comfortable temperature year round. They are filled with fresh air 24-7, and that manage this while consuming 70% to 90% less heating and cooling energy compared to conventional houses.
A passivhaus (passive house in german) is becoming a global phenomenon for contemporary architecture. These designs utilise decades of research and have built over 60,000 buildings worldwide.
So, what’s it like to live in one of these homes?
In a certified passivhaus there is a continuous supply of fresh filtered clean air, indoor temperatures are always comfortable, and the energy used for heating and cooling is minimised.
When the outside is too hot or too cold, too noisy or too polluted (by car exhaust, dust or pollen for example), you close the windows and fresh indoor air is supplied via a mechanical ventilation system with a high-quality heat exchanger. This means that you get continuous fresh air delivered to every room at low volume (so you can hardly hear it or feel it), in a very energy efficient manner.
Thermal comfort is maintained and heating and cooling loads are minimized through passive measures such as improved insulation, high-quality windows, optimal use of passive solar energy and thermal mass, external shading, and limiting unwanted heat loss or gain by addressing thermal bridges.
The benefits include:
If building a home that is comfortable year round, healthy to live in, and energy efficient to run is important to you, then please give our team at Brett Aylen Architecture a call today, or click the button below to book your free consultation.
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