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IPHA]assive House is the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction. The Passive House Standard stands for quality, comfort and energy efficiency. Passive Houses require very little energy to achieve a comfortable temperature year round, making conventional heating and air conditioning systems obsolete. [Article from
The term ‘Passivhaus’ refers to a low energy construction standard developed by
Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the Passivhaus Institut, Germany
Not to exceed 15kWh annually OR 10W (peak demand) per square metre of usable living space.
Space Cooling Demand
Roughly matches the heat demand with an additional, climate-dependent allowance for dehumidification.
Primary Energy Demand
Not to exceed 120kWh annually for all domestic applications (heating, cooling, hot water and domestic electricity) per square meter of usable living space.
maximum of 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure (as verified with an onsite pressure test in both pressurised and depressurised states)
Thermal comfort must be met for all living areas year-round with not more than 10% of the hours in any given year over 25°C*