The Certifier and an Australian Passive House Pioneer

In this podcast by Undercover Architect, Clare Parry answers some questions about the relevance of the Passive House standard in Australia. With a lifelong interest in best practice building design, involving a holistic approach to achieve sustainable measures and...

Selling Indoor Environment Quality

A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE SUPPORTING THE LINK BETWEEN IEQ AND CAPITAL VALUE Sustainability professionals understand Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ): the role it plays in determining an occupant’s experience of a space, the underlying impacts on health and wellbeing...

The skin we’re in

When done well, a high-performance façade can have as much bearing on the performance and comfort of a building as any other design element. So why aren’t they fnding their way into every project? Sean McGowan dives in to the issues of façades and air tightness with a...

Time to get serious about Passivhaus at scale in Australia

In speaking with a developer recently he grilled me about cost impact of Passivhaus design. I put on my best show, talking about lower HVAC costs and spatials, lower operational and maintenance costs. Yes, maybe if we tried really hard we could demonstrate best...

Are More Airtight Buildings More Energy Efficient?

An airtight building doesn’t sound all that appealing – how are you meant to get fresh air? How does the building ‘breathe’ (whatever that means)? What about the children!? It’s an undercurrent that rages in the Passivhaus vs ‘standard’ construction realm, and...

The Passivhaus Standard

So what is Passivhaus? Also known as Passive House, it better translates as ‘Passive Building’ and applies to any building typology you can think of. Passivhaus buildings are always comfortable, and use around 90% less energy for HVAC than a typical...