Buildings are a significant culprit of carbon emissions – accountable for 35% of total global energy consumption. Backed with over 30 years of international evidence, Passivhaus is a tried & tested solution that gives a range of proven approaches to deliver carbon neutral buildings that can help to improve health and wellbeing of their users. Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of comfort using very little energy for heating and cooling.
Passivhaus adopts a whole-building approach with clear, measured targets, focused on high-quality construction, certified through an exacting quality assurance process.
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How to achieve the Passivhaus Standard in the UK
To achieve the Passivhaus Standard in the UK typically involves:
- very high levels of insulation
- extremely high performance windows with insulated frames
- airtight building fabric
- 'thermal bridge free' construction
- a mechanical ventilation system with highly efficient heat recovery
Source: Passivhaus Trust