As the EU moves towards ‘Near Zero Energy Buildings‘ and the UK moves towards implementing this by requiring ‘Zero Carbon Buildings’, understanding the Passivhaus Standard as one reliable route towards delivering ‘Zero Carbon Buildings’ is vital.
Passivhaus is known as the world’s leading building energy efficiency standard. It is also a comfort standard with stringent indoor thermal comfort and ventilation requirements. The majority of industry discussion around passivhaus focuses on the technical details and energy benchmarks required to meet the standard. While this is understandable as we come to grips with the challenges of delivering buildings to such a high standard, there is less attention paid to the benefits delivered by the standard and wider aspects of the passivhaus design process.
When I was invited by Specifinder from The Building Centre to contribute a guest blog to their November newsletter on the topic of passivhaus, I thought it was worth exploring the wider approach and the considerable benefits of the Passivhaus Standard.
“11 Passivhaus Pointers” is intended to lead you in the right direction whether you just want to understand passivhaus more, or if you are already getting into the process of designing and delivering passivhaus buildings. For readers already experienced with passivhaus, the pointers should still serve as useful reminders.
Please visit the Specifinder blog and have a read.
And please share the blog so your friends, colleagues and acquaintances can learn more about the wider approach and the benefits of passivhaus.
[December 2015: Links to the blog on The Building Centre website now updated]