Passivhaus Trust

Posted by: The Sustainable Building Association

Passivhaus is the leading international low energy, design standard.

Over 20,000 houses, schools, offices and other buildings have been designed, built and tested to this standard across Europe.

Why Passivhaus?

Passivhaus buildings achieve a 75% reduction in space heating requirements, compared to standard practice for UK new build. The Passivhaus standard therefore gives a robust method to help the industry achieve the 80% carbon reductions that are set as a legislative target for the UK Government.

Evidence and feedback to date also shows that Passivhaus buildings are performing to standard, which is also crucial, given that the discrepancy between design aspiration and as-built performance for many new buildings in the UK can be as much as 50-100%.

“Passivhaus is the leading international low energy design standard. With over 20,000 buildings completed to this standard across Europe, it offers a robust, proven and cost-effective method to help the UK achieve its challenging carbon reduction targets for the built environment sector.”

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Information Updated on: 17 January 2012