WHAT IS A PASSIVE HOUSE?

Passive House building is a world-leading standard of building houses that is more energy efficient than traditional building methods. This construction concept focuses on creating homes that are comfortable, energy efficient, and intelligently designed to create a consistent temperature with little to no heating systems, all while being stylish and affordable at the same time.

 

The first Passive Houses were built in Darmstadt, Germany in 1990, and soon followed in other German cities and towns. From here, other parts of Europe took fancy to this standard of energy efficient buildings. Passive Houses are now being built all over the world, including right here in the heart of Gippsland.

 

North South homes have been building homes using the passive house principles for their last four builds and they currently have three new homes being built that will attain full passive house certification. The future of passive house buildings is very bright and they look forward to building many more in the region.

 

How is a house considered a passive house?

‘Passive House’ building is a worldwide standard that’s recognized internationally. The standards to be met include the total primary energy consumption and amount of air leakage.

 

To ensure these standards are met, passive houses are built with extra insulation than you would find in any other regular build, as well as a sealed layer around any doors or windows, preventing heat from escaping out or sneaking in. Other things such as double or triple glazed windows, ensuring houses are orientated properly, and use of an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation), allowing fresh air to enter your home, without letting warm air escape.

 

Such things can and must be tested to pass the Passive House Certifications, for instance, a blower door test to test how airtight a structure is. Part of being Passive House Certified means that we build homes the right way the first time, and test where testing is needed, so that you can have a home that uses the least amount of energy possible.

 

And if you’re looking at building a passive house, but are not keen on the new modern styles of housing, fear not. Passive houses are made from certain materials that must reach a certain standard, but do not have to conform to a certain look. You can have your cottage style house or your classic farmhouse all while passing passive house certifications.

 

While the cost of a Passive House may be more upfront (and it’s really not that much more), you will immediately be saving anywhere between 75% and 95% in heating and energy bills.

 

Passive Houses are low running cost, comfortable, energy efficient, well designed, insulated, made with love, houses that are the way of the future. Sounds like something you’re interested in? Call or shoot us an email today and we can start planning the path to your dream home.

 

Photo credits:

Windows:LOGIKHAUS

HRV: ZEHNDER

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PASSIVE HOUSE CERTIFIED WINDOWS

DOUBLE AND TRIPLE GLAZED WINDOWS AND DOORS BY LOGIKHAUS

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HEAT RECOVERY VENTILATION

A HEALTHY INDOOR ENVIRONMENT : HRV BY ZEHNDER