WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BUILDING TO PASSIVE HOUSE STANDARDS?
Clearly, the five criteria we’ve looked at will each have a material impact on the energy consumption and daily living condition of a building. We can also go some way in quantifying the absolute difference made in energy consumption. According to the Passipedia website:
“Passive House buildings allow for space heating and cooling related energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared to average new builds. Passive House buildings use less than 1.5 l of oil or 1.5 m3 of gas to heat one square meter of living space for a year – substantially less than common “low-energy” buildings. Vast energy savings have been demonstrated in warm climates
where typical buildings also require active cooling.”
Other frequently cited benefits of Passive Houses include: -
A consistent supply of fresh air throughout the building, meaning higher quality and more hygienic air supply
Improved durability of the building
Significantly lower cost to heat and cool buildings
A possible uplift in property value
And our personal favourite : comfort
"Energy efficiency is actually only part of passivhaus. People don’t often realise that the Passivhaus Standard is also a rigorous comfort standard”
For more on why Passive House standards improve the comfort of your home, we’d point you to this article
. Architect, Passive House designer and blogger Elrond Russell writes brilliantly on the real-world benefits owners of Passive Houses benefit from in their daily lives.