Design approach and system choices

Design approach and system choices

Passivhaus should inform and influence every aspect of your design approach and choice of construction system. This need not be seen as limiting creativity of design nor as restricting what construction system to adopt. To achieve an economic solution, Passivhaus must be understood and integrated into the design approach and system choice from the outset.

Form factor

Compactness of building form makes it easier to achieve Passivhaus standards, because the heat loss area (envelope) is minimised in relation to the building’s volume. In general the larger the building the easier it is to achieve the standard,...

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To help obtain the high energy standards necessary for Passivhaus, it is crucial that the design of a building allows it to be buildable. The essential principles, both in the design and the build processes, to be considered by the whole team...

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Passivhaus does not dictate any particular construction system. Indeed, practically any construction system can be used and adapted to achieve Passivhaus, though each will have its own advantages and challenges for your particular project....

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There are many factors influencing your approach to designing a building, including: location and site; your client’s brief, budget, and programme; funding requirements and regulatory standards; and your own design philosophy.

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The Enterprise Centre, a new development by the Adapt Low Carbon Group at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, is aiming to achieve both Passivhaus certification and BREEAM outstanding ratings, as well as having one of the lowest embodied carbon footprints of any building of its ...

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