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As we move to a greener and more sustainable future we are constantly looking for places to improve on energy efficiency and lower energy costs, decrease our emissions and ultimately reduce the impact of our carbon footprint on the planet. Moving one step closer to a sustainable future is the construction of a Passive House – what is a passive house? It is determined by constructing a home with thermalised insulation, high-performance windows, ventilation and being airtight to achieve comfort and quality of life without sacrificing your bank. A passive house has 5 design principles and must pass a series of performance requirements to be completely certified.
The performance criteria have been put in place to ensure the passive house’s design principles meet the minimum performance requirements to achieve certification. The criteria include annual space heating, cooling, airtightness, primary energy, comfort and indoor air quality. To reach the requirements certain types of materials and components must be used to achieve a certified passive house. These materials and components can include:
As Australians we are fortunate enough to experience all four seasons every year ranging from those extreme 40 degree beach days to those chilly stay in bed mornings. Unfortunately, in order to live comfortably during these extreme changes of seasons we fork out thousands of dollars on heating and cooling appliances, as well as increasing energy costs. Through passive housing we can avoid all these unnecessary expenses by changing the foundation we are so accustomed to and ultimately increase our energy efficiencies and reduce costs to live in a comfortable and healthier environment.
If you are interested in a passive house and don’t know where to start then contact Nu-Way who also supply a wide range of materials to help you get certified.