The realtively new term passive house, or Passivhaus, comes to us from Germany. It is a concept in the design of any building, from residential to commercial, and is something that is taking ecological impact consulting by storm. It is the idea that any structure can be designed, or tweaked, to be more efficiently and sustainably run, in its designs and features.
Take, for example, heat. Your ideal building would stay cool during those hot summer months, and warm when the winter takes hold. The energy-efficient design of the passive house does just that. Through its glazing, insulation, building and foundation materials, plus the airtight design which reduces and eliminates draughts and mould, the passive house is able to keep in warmth when it’s needed and keep the temperature down as required. This results in a more comfortable, more efficient, cheaper, and greener building, that is particularly effective for office buildings, that are filled with people, and require a lot of energy during the day.
Passive houses are often created with solar panel energy integrated, resulting in further cost reductions over time, and a carbon-negative footprint during summer months, and even well into autumn, as the power is stored and re-used. This can be an essential feature for your business to gain green credentials, and be actively planet-friendly. The money you save can help sustain your business, in a way that doesn’t harm the planet or the future.
The concept was created back in the 90s in Germany and took some time for the process to gain success and momentum. After more than twenty years, it has seen that success, mostly spreading across Europe, in more than 50000 buildings that have taken on the design. It has since spread to other parts of the world. Many buildings are already seeing success, and reaping the benefits of such a design across Australia, in places such as Sydney.
Looking to make your business or company building more passive in its design? Contact us today, to see how we can help customise your building, to be more environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and ecologically responsible. You don’t even have to build a new structure from scratch, to reap the benefits of a passive house. From something as simple as solar panel installation to switching light bulbs, efficient insulation, and adding in sturdier, thicker foundation materials, the European phenomenon could be a reality for your building.
Not every two buildings will be the same; of course, in places like Australia, the solar panels are a useful and prevalent design feature, as they are working to their strengths. We will help assess and evaluate what will work best for your building, depending on location, area, size, energy costs, and feasibility of the design changes. A passive house is something that works so well because it is just that – passive. These changes will gradually have an ecological impact over time, without you even having to do anything so you can concentrate your efforts on other areas.