Passivhaus: What is it and why should I care?

What is Passivhaus? Passivhaus is a voluntary building performance standard that can be applied by anyone looking to build an eco-friendly, low-energy home. Passivhaus is designed to provide a high level of dweller comfort, whilst providing ultra-low energy consumption for heating and cooling, and consistently good air quality. They are built using design principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in[…]

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The benefits of offsite construction

You might have heard of the phrase ‘off-site manufacturing’ or ‘modern methods of construction’ when looking into a self-build project – but what does it really mean, and what are the benefits? Understanding the basics Offsite manufacture and offsite construction fundamentally describe pre-manufactured structures designed to allow for quick onsite assembly. The exact levels of prefabrication can vary depending on[…]

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One-off or over-time retrofit?

explores the dimension of retrofit projects by contrasting the comprehensive one-off retrofit model, with a more gradual ‘over-time’ approach; as adopted by many of the Superhomes projects. The paper highlights how an over-time approach, may be well suited to overcoming the capital cost and disruption of undertaking retrofit measures, by spreading their impact over a longer period. Fawcett also highlights[…]

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