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It’s Time for the Passivhaus Revolution

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.

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Building a Passivhaus

Clare Parry
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.

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Embodied Energy in Passivhaus Buildings

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…

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Section J 2016: An Industry Comment

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...

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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 building, and up to 80% less energy overall. Passivhaus is a simple, proven design and construct methodology…

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