Passivhaus Primer: Introduction
- Building Design Expert
- 4 years ago
An aid to understanding the key principles to the Passivhaus standard
The first ‘Passivhaus’ low energy construction standard is credited to Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the Passivhaus Institut, Germany. The first Passivhaus being completed in Darmstadt, Germany in 1990.
Passive Houses” were defined as buildings which have an extremely small heating energy demand even in the Central European climate and therefore need no active heating. Such houses can be kept warm “passively”, solely by using the existing internal heat sources and the solar energy entering through the windows as well as by the minimal heating of incoming fresh air.
The following PDF downloads provide some useful informarion on the Passivhaus standard, along with the recently published ‘EnerPHit’ standard that seeks to apply Passivhaus design principles to existing buildings:
Passipedia – Passipedia constitutes a vast array of cutting edge, scientifically sound, Passive House relevant articles. Passipedia is the tool with which new Passive House findings from around the world are being presented, as well as where the highlights of more than 20 years of research on Passive Houses are being posted, often for the first time ever in English.