What Is a Passivhaus?
Passivhaus is a modern form of construction, it emphasises the sustainable side of a building and ensures that domestic premises are built to the highest set standard. Passivhous was first introduced in Germany by the Passivhaus Institute (PHI).
A passivhaus property is designed to ensure that energy consumption is kept to a minimum and essentially the goal being to run from renewable technology solely.
Benefits of Passivhaus Design
Passivhaus buildings provide:
- High levels of comfort
- Improved indoor air quality
- Lower energy bills
- Reduced carbon footprint
Passivhaus buildings require little energy to maintain a constant pleasant temperature, due to excellent insulation, airtightness and efficient heat recovery systems. This means that these buildings can easily be powered by renewable energy sources such as solar panels and heat pumps. Sustainable constructions are therefore a very attractive option for residents and homeowners as they drastically cut your energy bills and help to lower your carbon footprint. Passivhaus energy bills are slashed by typically 90% – that can mean a saving of several hundred pounds per year. For example, energy bills for a 3 bedroom house can be as little as £100 per year.
Passivhaus is often well-suited to homeowners who wish to build their dream home, whilst simultaneously protecting themselves from rising energy prices. This type of sustainable construction is also a wise choice for social housing projects, as tenants will have considerably lower heating bills.