Passive House is a building standard and a methodology in design.The Passive House building standard is internationally recognise & science-based.
The Passive House standard enables continuous clean filtered air supply, the energy used to heat or cool will be reduced and the indoor temperature is kept at a comfortable level.
The standard applies to any building type or design, not just residential homes. It can be applied to old buildings which was developed to assess retrofits.
A Passive House Certified building has a continuous supply of filtered clean air, indoor temperatures are kept comfortable and the energy cost is minimised. A big influence in the requirements of Passive House will depend on the climate the building will be in.
As part of its design process, Passive House requires consideration for improved insulation, external shading, and high-quality windows. The orientation of the home and the solar path are important factors influencing the design decisions.
A Major Misconception About Passive House
A common misconception that people have about Passive House design is that it’s unsuitable for hot climates. This is because there is an emphasis on minimising air leakage, which would cause hot air to be trapped inside.
Passive House facilitates the constant movement of air flowing when required. There are mechanical ventilation systems in place to ensure a Passive House is performing at its optimum temperature.
Passive House can reduce heating and cooling energy costs by up to 90% compared to conventional buildings.
But Why Build Passive House?
Since the Passive House Certification is the most rigorous voluntary standard in the world, you will inadvertently align with many of Australia’s current government policies. Building with this standard you will be future-proofing the building for energy and carbon reduction policies which are expected to come.
An Edge Above The Rest: Sell Faster, Sell Better
With a Passive House Certification, as a developer you can confidently provide science-backed data that customers will greatly reduce heating and cooling costs, while promising thermal comfort in all external conditions.
Higher Market Value
Passive House require specific materials and Certified Passive House Consultants (Who are worth their salt) will recommended using high quality materials to ensure the house performs optimally. In conjunction with the building’s lower operating costs, it improves the premium of the building.
Quality Assured – Avoid Further Variations, Delays, Warranty Claims
Passive House Certified Buildings undergo a rigorous but necessary inspection and level of documentation required. Due to this process, during the design and construction phase the probability of early detection of problems. With a Certified Passive House Consultant who is involved early in the process can help tremendously in streamlining the entire project to ensure maximum efficiency.
Certified Energy have Certified Passive House Consultants who can offer the best in service. We provide a range of residential and commercial services such as NatHERS, Section J, JV3 reports.