Passivhaus Standard

 

· The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to the rigorous, voluntary, Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint.

 

· It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

 

· A similar standard, MINERGIE-P, is used in Switzerland.

 

· The standard is not confined to residential properties; office buildings, schools, kindergartens and supermarkets can also been constructed to the standard.

 

· Passive design is not an attachment or supplement to architectural design, but a design process that is integrated with architectural design.

 

· Although it is mostly applied to new buildings, it can be used very successfully for renovations.

 

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