6 Benefits of building to the Passivhaus Standard
Passivhaus is a leading international low energy design standard which results in buildings with minimal heating requirements and high levels of insulation.
But what are the benefits of using this design standard? In this part of our series about the Passivhaus Standard we look at some of the advantages of designing and building to the Passivhaus Standard.
- High level of comfort. As the internal temperature is so regulated during both warm and cold months this means that the temperature levels remain comfortable throughout the year and the silent ventilation system provides good indoor air quality without any unpleasant drafts.
- Ecologically friendly. By definition a Passivhaus building requires less energy to run, reducing both carbon emissions and life time energy usage.
- Affordability. As there is no requirement for radiators or other heating systems, the running costs for the building are a lot less than an equivalent building constructed to current building regulations. Although a Passivhaus may cost more up front due to the expense of building to the required standard, including better windows, thicker insulation and a ventilation system, these costs are offset by the lack of requirement for an expensive heating or cooling system…and of course much lower bills in the future.
- High quality. The standards require a high level of quality in building materials and construction methods to achieve the levels of air tightness and insulation required.
- Aesthetics. There are many different ways to meet the criteria required to acheive the Passivhaus standards – using different materials and many different styles resulting in a variety of buildings. Although it was originally developed for new build houses the principles behind the Passivhaus Standard can be used on various types of buildings, from houses, schools, offices, refurbishments and in a range of climates from Central Europe where it originated, to warmer climates in South America and Australia.
- Meets (and exceeds) policy requirements. The standards required for Passivhaus perform better the current building regulations in England, Scotland and Wales.
To find out more about Passivhaus please have a look at the other blog posts in this series.
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