Owners, occupiers, landlords and maintenance staff appreciate the value of Passivhaus buildings differently:
For building owners will occupying a Passivhaus, the financial as well as comfort benefits can be compelling. If you are building your own house to live in and may only do so once in a lifetime, why would you not wish to build with the quality of a certified Passivhaus?
If the house is to be lived in for Retirement, the remarkably low heating bills give some financial reassurance as fuel costs rise, particularly as it will be occupied more during the day.
For social landlords, conventional thinking is that the cost of sustainable building is a burden to be carried by the landlord. In ordinary housing with average heating bills over £1,000 per year, some tenants may keep the heat on in winter and default on the rent. However, Housing Associations who have built Passivhaus dwellings report the following financial advantages:
- No rent arrears as the heating costs are so low, approaching £150 per year for a house. Tenants can therefore afford to pay their rent as well as heating bills.
- For some sites gas heating is not necessary, reducing inspection costs and improving safety and internal air quality.
If your buildings need higher temperatures and continuous use, such as care homes or extra care, if Passivhaus construction costs are higher, these can be repaid through reduced fuel bills relatively quickly, such as 5 to 8 years in some cases.
For maintenance staff, long term maintenance costs are reduced. This is due to:
- Simple heating systems
- Very low risk of condensation