What is Passive House?

The term passive house (from German Passivhaus) refers to a rigorous design and building standard that focuses on the building envelope and results in cost-effective, low energy homes, with less complex heating and cooling systems.

The Passive House standard has grown rapidly since its inception, with now over 40,000 homes worldwide having been built to its specifications. Its design uses these techniques in an aim to achieve an 80% – 90% energy performance savings for each building constructed, and has been applied to many building types including homes, schools, grocery stores and commercial office buildings.

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