• Passive House energy efficiency standard

    by  • October 29, 2007 • The Global Picture • 1 Comment


    Passivhaus in German) refers to the rigorous, voluntary, Passivhaus standard for energy use in buildings. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating.[1] A similar standard, MINERGIE-P®, is used in Switzerland [2]. Despite the name, the standard is not confined only to houses. Several office buildings, schools, kindergartens and a supermarket have also been constructed to the standard. Passive design is not the attachment or supplement of architectural design, but an integrated design process with the architectural design.[3] Although it is mostly applied to new buildings, it has also been used for refurbishments.

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


    One Response to Passive House energy efficiency standard

    1. December 31, 2007 at 3:03 pm

      The passivhouse-standard is not for every house suitable but is getting more and more popular with new buildings, especially in the northern regions.

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