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12th April, 2016 | Jessica Hogg
Working in the construction industry as an environmental engineer can be disheartening at times, as you watch key attributes of a project get value managed away into the ether.
Design elements are removed that would inherently improve the quality of the building, ensuring indoor environments that would maximise the health and well-being of future building occupants.
There are several techniques that can be used when designing a building to ensure that it is naturally cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Clare Parry clarifies the confusion surrounding Passivhaus design and how builders can become experts in this area.
Clare Parry, founder and ex-director of the Australian Passivhaus Association, explains what it means to work on Passivhaus projects in different climates. What, if anything, changes?read more
As we seal up our homes for better energy efficiency, mechanical ventilation becomes important. Can we have homes that don’t require heating in the depths of winter, or cooling in summer, and yet remain optimally comfortable?
14th October, 2017 | Clare Parry
I recently travelled to Oakland, California, to present at the North American Passivhaus Network’s conference, NAPHN ’17.
The event focused on the nexus between buildings, renewable energy generation and large-scale, grid-supplied renewable energy storage.read more
19th January, 2016 | Clare Parry
A hot topic in Passivhaus circles for nearly as long as the standard has been around, the net effect of building ultra-low energy buildings.
It is widely accepted and communicated by those involved in Passivhaus, as well as the policy makers of the EU, that the target of net zero energy buildings (NZEB) is neither useful for reducing energy use (net or peak) nor an accessible target for most buildings…
Grün Consulting was part of the industry response group to the proposed changes to the NCC for 2016. This consultation aimed to provide transparent commentary on Section J - NCC 2016 Volume One Public Draft (V2), with the view that the proposed changes did not...read more
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 building, and up to 80% less energy overall. Passivhaus is a simple, proven design and construct methodology…read more