How do you design a Passive House?
A Passive House is a performance standard not a design standard, so excellent contemporary design with clean lines and functional living spaces can be achieved whilst still meeting the strict certification criteria.
The performance measures taken into account to achieve certification are:
- The space heating and cooling demand = the total amount of energy used each year to maintain a healthy and comfortable living environment
- The maximum heat loading = the maximum amount of heat energy that can be used at any one time in the building
- The building's airtightness
- The total primary energy demand = the total amount of energy required for water heating, space heating, cooling, ventilation and electricity for appliances.