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.

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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.

How do you design a Passive House?