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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Code for Sustainable Homes

In 2006 the UK government announced its intention for all new homes to be ‘zero carbon’ (ZC) from 2016 onwards. Alongside this the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) was launched; a voluntary standard based on 9 sustainability criteria. Dwellings are rated 1-6; 6 being an exemplar building. The initial definition of ZC outlined in (DCLG, 2006) was equivalent to a[…]

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