Here is a list of some of the benefits of the Passive House (Passivhaus):
1. Global Warming: by building a Passivhaus you are helping to do your part towards the environment. In Germany a study confirmed that Passivhaus buildings had an average energy saving of 90 percent over conventional homes.
2. Ultra-low energy bills: Passivhaus has strick criteras for certification. These include the maximum use up to 15 kWh/m2 per year for heating and cooling, as calculated by the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP), or a peak heat load of 10 W/m2, based on local climate data.
3. Fresh clean air distributed throughout the building: one of the most important elements of Passivhaus is the mechanical ventilation, which constantly replaces the polluted indoor air with fresh filtered outdoor air that reduces exposure to dust and allergens.
4. Comfort: Passivhaus strives to maintain a comfortable, even temperature throughout the home, with the difference between radiant temperature (i.e. the temperature of windows, doors, and surfaces) and air temperature being small, which assists in eliminating draughts. Thus, you can sit near a window and not feel cold in the colder months.
5. Peace and quiet: due to the high-performance windows and external doors, a Passivhaus reduces the noise from the surrounding environment.
6. Low risks of mould and condensation: Passivhaus is also designed to have a low risk of mould and condensation, both within the building structure and the interiors.
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