Passivhaus or Passive House is a sustainability standard that is growing in popularity in the UK. Originating in Germany in the early 1990’s it has grown to be a popular standard in northern Europe with some countries requiring it under their building regulations.
“A Passivhaus is a building, for which thermal comfort can be achieved solely by post-heating or post-cooling of the fresh air mass, which is required to achieve sufficient indoor air quality conditions – without the need for additional recirculation of air.” Passivhaus Trust
A Passivhaus can be achieved on any building type (not just houses), and simply consists of a building that been designed to maximise the collection of passive energy (such as solar) whilst ensuring that very good insulation levels and detailing mean that energy is retained and used usefully. A Passivhaus should need less than 20% of the energy that a building built to current regulations requires.
Ingleton Wood’s Certified Passivhaus Designers are integral members of our architectural discipline meaning that they are well placed to assist you from initial concept design through to completion of your project.
Ingleton Wood have trained assessors who have had experience in using the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) to ensure that designs are certified to the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt. We work closely with Passivhaus Certifiers in the UK to ensure that the design meets the stringent standards required.
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