I recently wrote this review for the ArchiTeam newsletter ‘Datum’ – the original article appeared hereand if you’re wondering ‘What is Passive House?’, you can read more about this in my previous post.
It’s all about comfort! (2016 South Pacific Passive House Conference Melbourne #SPPHC2016)
Comfort, you say?
Not too hot, not to cold – just right, always.
Healthy indoor air quality.
Calm, peaceful spaces.
A place for well-being.
Hands up who wants a home with these qualities?!
Heading along to the Passive House Conference in Melbourne recently, organized by the Australian Passive House Association, I was expecting a lot of technical information over the two jam-packed days. There were 24 presentations, plus workshops and a tradeshow. However, the biggest message from the local and international experts was to remind us that Passive House is all about occupant comfort, and this is achieved with well-designed (& well-built) passive buildings envelopes. This might sound obvious, but so often with discussion of the Passive House standard, the focus shifts to discussions of energy-efficiency and also the mechanical-ventilation system (which is really only a small component). Continue reading →
If you are at all interested in sustainable building, it is highly likely you have heard of ‘Passive House’.
Passive House (also known as Passivhaus where it originated in Germany) is an international method or technical standard of designing and construction a building to achieve a very high level of energy-efficiency, with little or no heating or cooling required. It is not to be confused with Solar Passive Design Principles(which includes orientation/natural ventilation/insulation/shading/thermal mass etc.) although most of these principles can still play a part in the overall design.
It is not an architectural style, but more concerned with the buildingscience of how the building is put together and how it performs.