For the first full scale English language discussion of the revolutionary Passivhaus technology there really is nothing else out there to compare. Now that the Passivhaus Institute has this year released its own English language guidebook there is some competition or at least additional information for a large part of the world's population.
Starting with a summary of Passivhaus history and aims those unfamiliar with this revolutionary approach have a good background to examine the ideas further. Subsequent chapters delve into the foundational elements involved - insulation, windows, air-tightness, mechanical and heat recovery ventilation, and the Passivhaus Planning Software package that helps guide all new builds to meet the standard. A summary of various owners experience of living in a Passivhaus is very helpful. The appendices contain much more useful information.
The authors share their experience of their own UK work, sourcing of elements and local building requirements. They also explore the 2016 European Union goal of zero energy houses and how this will impact the demand for buildings like Passivhaus.
As a starter to understand the ethos and practicality of this building approach for English speakers it is extremely helpful and well laid out for further review. Such building approaches will become the norm the very near future. Already a number of German cities have adopted this rigorous standard for all new builds.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: UIT/GREEN BOOKS (20 August 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857840193
- ISBN-13: 978-0857840196
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.8 x 25.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 921 g
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