Passive House has rightly been identified as the best tool we have today to cause dramatic reductions of building energy use. What underlies Passive House is not the science of megawatts or technological breakthroughs, but human comfort.
Passive House focuses on human comfort not primarily through technological systems but by optimizing the building structure itself.
Passive House empowers the architect’s design, and the builder’s skill to embed a high level of energy efficiency and performance in the structure itself: The massing, the orientation, continuous thermal bridge free insulation, integrated windows and shading and so on. Passive House is basic building science rigorously applied and optimized. Using the Passive House methodology, we can reduce heating and cooling energy demand by up to 90%, and overall energy demand by up to 75% in new buildings and in retrofits of existing buildings.
First developed by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist, and formalized by the Passive House Institute, today, it is being successfully applied to practically every construction type, building typology, occupancy type, region and climate. The only limit is our imagination.
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