Clare Parry, founder and ex-director of the Australian Passive House Association, explains what it means to work on Passivhaus projects in different climates. What, if anything, changes?
For the full interview, click to House Planning Help’s (UK) website
Clare Parry, Director (Clare is now a former director) of the Australian Passive House Association, explains what it means to work on Passivhaus projects in different climates. What, if anything, changes?
Interview – Is Passivhaus a Good Choice in all Climate Zones?
There is Scepticism around Passivhaus in Australia
Most of the uptake so far has been in the colder areas, like Canberra and Tasmania. Much of Clare’s work is in convincing people that Passivhaus works in warm climates, and particularly well in hot and humid ones.
The Indoor / Outdoor Lifestyle Leads Many Australians to Believe They Live Comfortably
The opposite can actually be true, particularly in the northern states where it can get extremely hot, and also in Melbourne and the south where it can get too cold, and where in fact 80% of their heating and cooling energy goes on heating.
Clare quotes many expats from Europe and North America who say that Australian homes are the coldest they’ve ever lived in.
Other points are addressed in text on the official page on the House Planning Help website, these include: “Passivhaus is based around Comfort, not Temperature alone”, “The cost impact in Australia is High because of a lack of specialist manufactuing”, “Growing the Industry is critical to making it more affordable”, “Your Home will be something you engage with to make work” and “There are Occasions where Passivhaus will not be Cost Effective”.