An inspiration that achieves the modern living standards we all aspire to, whilst keeping the cost of energy bills down, it’s a combination of style and sustainability that place ‘Passive House Standards’, within a league of their own. It’s undeniably impressive making a minimal impact on the environment can be so affordable.
On top of that, Passive Homes are eco-friendly without design limitations. Concerns about health and the environment are balanced with modern and timeless visual appeal.
The building fabrics are of the highest quality known to mankind due to collaboration between architects, building scientists, engineers, designers and building specialists who have each discovered a unique way to reduce co2 emissions without compromising on style.
The sky is the limit when it comes to Passive House. Whether it’s a 2 bedroom ‘Tiny House’ or a colonial beachfront; the home will remain at a stable temperature all year round. Between winter and summer; it will reduce your energy bills by up to 90% (we’re not exaggerating). You could literally build a mega apartment complex if you wanted.
You’ll also be closer to net-zero with your own solar panel battery.
It’s easy to understand why people would hand-pick Passive Homes amongst many different options in the market… By getting to know the current standards regulated by the government and those adhered to throughout the industry; you’ll soon discover there is a great deal of compromise on building quality.
Below are 8 reasons why Passive House is the #1 standard in the world
1. Proven, Tested and Measured
Passive Houses (passivhaus™) are the most globally recognised standard of eco-friendly living in the world. Now tested across more than 80,000 projects worldwide, and hundreds of different climates, Passive House standards can accommodate many different building types.
When it comes to a proven and tested method of reducing energy costs; no buildings uphold the same level of credibility and trust. A number of governments and regulators are already considering or even implementing them as the national building code.
Passive House Standards are paving the way for sustainable building standards. They are confidently chosen as the world-leading standard for large-scale eco-friendly projects in residential, commercial, community and government nature.
The globe has seen many success stories, with thousands of new developments. The largest Passive House residential development is currently being built in Gaobeidian, China. “Bolueta,” in the Spanish city of Bilbao is the world’s tallest Passive building… Across the border, the world’s first certified Passive Hospital is currently under construction in Frankfurt.
With 28 years of development and improvement, a passive home is becoming more affordable by the minute.
There is a global upswing to produce healthier, sustainable and more energy-efficient buildings. In Brussels, ‘Passive Standards’ have already been implemented into their national building code. Every kind-of property; new or retrofit, private or commercial is to become ‘PassivHaus’ in a wave to tackle climate change.
2. Passive House is optimised for all Climates
Passive Houses are built to withstand the coldest winters and the hottest summers and are optimised to offer the most thermally comfortable indoor environment imaginable. Wood or masonry, double or triple-glazed windows, humid, hot or dry; There are no design or building limitations within different climate zones.
Return on investment for a Passive House starts as soon as people move in, but that’s not just financially… How could you even measure your health? Priceless, right? What’s more, is that any extra costs incurred to achieve the PH Standard are immediately offset with positive lifestyle changes. Health, high- quality comfort and near-zero energy bills are all part of the ‘passive home suite’.
Reducing your energy bill is done with building materials that cohesively work with the environment to create an eco-friendly living environment that is appealing from the present and into the future.
3. Worldwide collaboration reduces the building cost
The no.1 reason why people do not consider building an eco-home is the extra upfront cost. The overwhelming anxiety is – just how much of a premium exists?
With the ability to share ideas and implement new cost-effective techniques – Experts across the world have progressively reduced the cost of building a Passive Home… How?
It’s all to do with economies of scale. When the first Passive Houses were built over 28 years ago; there was hardly any demand and architects, builders and consultants were still learning.
But now? With global Adoption? Climate change solutions are affordable. Experts have tackled some of the worlds biggest health and building issues with eco-friendly innovations.
Tried and tested techniques are now placing the pressure on manufacturers and governments to update their building regulations. And as science continues to solve these problems, building costs will keep on decreasing.
4. Passive Standard is a precise and reliable outcome
Time-tested methods that optimise the components of a Passive House are planned with a Passive House Planning Package (PHPP), a software that’s used to plan and gain certification throughout the building process.
The PHPP energy model clearly integrates each of the Building components and systems while creating the most energy-efficient framework. Over time, this highly precise model has become so fierce that it can repeatedly (and consistently) reduce heating and cooling demands comparatively to ordinary construction systems.
The Passive House Standard is tested onsite. This ensures that you are actually getting what you pay for and that your certification is based on true-to-life expert approval.
5. Passive House will generate a lifetime of energy savings
What happens to the energy that you don’t use in a regular house? Most of it is stored within a panel or grid. The grid itself becomes an ongoing maintenance liability.
But that’s just for regular houses. A Passive House will not only reduce the costs of storing and consuming energy today, but lock-in energy savings for the future.
Perhaps not the news energy providers want us to know, but the world and your health is your priority.
Being power efficient is a no.1 priority for 3 reasons; the environment, the cost and the market value of the property. Approximately 35% of energy in Australia is used on heating and cooling, and of that amount, 8% of national emissions are caused directly by heating and cooling usage alone.
Rather than relying on electricity, Passive Houses also achieve a very stable temperature through the design and building fabric. This cuts the cost of installation, maintenance and energy use. The control of thermal temperature through other means greatly reduces the cost and provides long term affordability.
Case studies have proven that the same cost efficiency can be achieved with different materials across different temperatures. People in Norfolk have found that an initial 5% cost premium on their property has incurred a 90% saving on their monthly energy bills, significantly saving them long term.
In Australia? We actually benefit more because our temperature doesn’t vary as much. It’s even easier to achieve Passive House standards and can be more affordable than you think…
6. World class comfort and health
Across locations outdoors and indoors, the city and the country, from pesticides to VOC’s; you can be sure that air pollution exists.
Although, within a Passive House, you are guaranteed fresh breathing air with quiet, low volume ventilation that’s draught free.
To achieve superior air quality, a combination of air-tightness, continuous insulation, high-performing windows, minimal thermal bridging and continuous fresh-filtered air all contribute to keeping flowing air healthy and safe.
Imagine less dust, less allergens, less odors, a stable temperature, a reduction in noise and humidity… This is what to expect from a Passive House.
Health benefits are even greater, experts claim occupants include:
- Reduced illnesses
- Better Sleeping Patterns
- Less Asthma
- Less Allergies of all types
You can still open and shut windows whenever you want, although unlike regular homes, this is not required to maintain healthy air quality.
7. Solar Power during storms and severe weather
Most homes are light-grade at best, and based on a climate that no longer exists; Passive Houses are built to withstand extreme heat, cold and climate change in a number of ways.
It’s a standard being tested in Mongolia – where people are experiencing 40° degree summers and -40° degree winters.
In Qatar’s extreme heat conditions, research was conducted on properties built comparing their local building standards with PassivHaus, unsurprisingly passive design outperformed Qatar’s conventional standard.
Norway, the Svart Hotel built with PassiivHaus principles in the base of a glacier (extremely cold) will be “energy positive”, meaning entirely sustainable – producing more energy than it uses. The hotel will use 85% less energy than traditional buildings.
You can maintain a pleasant temperature all year round, even during the middle of a black-out.
Solar has a remarkable ability to survive during extreme weather conditions and hosts highly viable power grids that will protect its source of energy, keeping electricity running throughout your home.
8. Supporting the growth of local manufacturers and eco-friendly suppliers
With the popularity of eco-friendly living on the rise, an increasing number of manufacturers and builders are recognising Passive House as a growing market and quickly developing the best possible solutions to cater to local markets.
The Australian Industry is predicted to grow significantly in coming years, particularly since the announcement of a new skyscraper in Melbourne designed by the winner of the Beaulah International Design Competition.
This winning design will become a two billion dollar tower for “mixed-use”, called the Green Spine, that is set to become the tallest building in Melbourne at an impressive 856 metres tall.
It uses Passivehaus principles to make a green-statement against a high-consumption cement jungle backdrop.
Do you share a vision to achieve up to 90% less in energy costs, be thermally comfortable all year round, and live your best life?