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Principles of Passivhaus Design, Prnciples of Passive House Design

The Key Parts of a Passivhaus are:​


  • Thermal insulation

Lots of it - in floors, walls and roof, without gaps.​


  • Efficient windows

Triple glazed in Britain, tight and carefully installed. A warm internal surface is provided, even in the coldest weather.


  • Ventilation with heat recovery

Continuous filtered fresh air, with pre-warmed incoming air.


  • Low air leakage construction

This eliminates draughts, and allows the heat recovery system to work efficiently.


  • Thermal bridge free construction

No cold spots that could lose heat and generate cold down-draughts.

Most heating comes from sunlight, occupants and appliances.  On the coldest days a very small heating system is needed.

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