This is a great video explaining the difference between Passive Solar Design and Passive House (Passivhaus).
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The main reasons for using the Passive House (Passivhaus) low-energy voluntary building standard for a new build home, renovation, an/or extension are health, comfort, economics, and energy efficiency. One of the key strengths of this building standard, is that studies have proven that the built performance closely matches the predictions of the PHPP modeling software, resulting in no performance gap. Thus, the software is accurate and takes the guess work out of the design stage.
Typically speaking, Passive Houses in Melbourne do require an active heating and cooling systems. However, systems can be as simple and as economical as one or two split systems, in opposed to a more expensive ducted heating/cooling system and or a hydronic heating system.
The Passive House energy standard – otherwise known as Passivhaus (the German spelling) – was born out of a conversation between Bo Adamson of Lund University, Sweeden, and Wolfgang Feist of the Institute for Housing and the Environment, Darmstadt, Germany. Their concept was developed through research projects with grants from the central German state of Hessen.
This is a great video about a Passive House in New Zealand, where the house doesn’t require a heating or cooling system. For Passive Houses in Melbourne it is recommended that you have a heating and cooling system – which can be as simple as one or two split systems – which are used on the rare occasion where the climate is at it’s extreme.
I am a Certified Passive House Designer. If you’d like to build a high performance home, please contact me for an obligation free consultation.
This is a great video that explains the five principles of Passive House.
Jane Cameron Finlay is a Certified Passive House Designer, and member of the Australian Passive House Association (APHA) and International Passive House Association (IPHA).
- Have you worked on any projects like this before?
- Have you had any experience with this size of project?
- What point of difference does you practice have from other architects with similar experience?
- Can I see your portfolio of similar projects?
- Who from your practice would I be dealing with on a regular basis? Would this person be designing my project?
- Are you interested enough in my project to make it a priority?
- What challenges do you foresee for my project?
It is nice to see I have been quoted from an article I wrote for the Association of Consulting Architects in this book titled ‘Industries of Architecture’, edited by Katie Lloyd Thoma, Tilo Amhoff and Nick Beech.