In its simplest, Passive House (or Passivhaus in Europe) is a housing performance standard that focuses on reducing the need for indoor heating and cooling, while increasing comfort. While solar passive design focuses on its orientation to take advantage of sunlight and wind for heating and cooling, Passive House design has a stronger focus on the building fabric. It was originally conceived in Germany by Dr Wolfgang Feist and Professor Bo Adamson in 1987. Since then, it has become an increasingly common building practice, with strict requirements to receive certification.
Depending on the climate you’re in, these requirements vary. In Perth, we experience both hot and cold conditions. This means our homes have to be uniquely designed to ensure they remain comfortable throughout the year. In order to comply with these requirements, we here at Ecohabit focus on the following elements: