Feasibility Study | Passive House for Schools

The Passive House standard has slowly made its way around the globe, since its inception in the early 1990’s. Founded from research into the relationship between thermal comfort and low-energy passive design, the standard’s success is testament to the strength of...

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...

Debunking Some Myths About Passivhaus

As a Certified Passivhaus Designer [Jessica Hogg], I’ve had some interesting discussions with both friends and colleagues about their perceptions of what they think a Passivhaus building actually means. It’s time to shed some light on a few of the myths and...

Building Code: An Important (Thermal) Bridge to Span

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) recently confirmed that they’re undertaking a process for developing Section J 2019. This is a sure sign that industry is being engaged and workshops are taking place. Although a three-year timeline is of concern if the code...

Magical Glass, The NatHERS Solution

When you decide to utilise the deemed-to-satisfy route for residential developments, you’ll end up producing a NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) model. Given that it is a building envelope assessment, as part of the process you are required to enter...