Passive House

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Passive House
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Last Edit Date 2018-07-02

Passive House means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Passive house/Passivhaus is a building that does not rely on the installation of active mechanical heating, cooling or ventilation systems to ensure a comfortable, healthy indoor environment. Passivhaus standard is rigorous voluntary standard for energy efficiency in buildings. (1)

Passive Houses make use of the sun, internal heat sources and heat recovery, rendering conventional heating systems unnecessary. During warmer months, Passive Houses make use of passive cooling techniques such as strategic shading to keep comfortably cool. (2)

(1) EU; 2011, Let’s speak sustainable construction Multilingual Glossary, (2) Based on Passivhaus Institute http://passiv.de/en/02_informations/01_whatisapassivehouse/01_whatisapassivehouse.htm