Last week’s Spinifex calling for Passive House to become a new standard for the National Construction Code certainly struck a nerve.
Huge savings in energy are available from Passivhaus design, and the cost premium is generally as low as 0-3 per cent in Australia. So what’s stopping a full scale transition? Nick Lane explains some of the issues he will flag as a panel moderator at the Australian Passive House Association’s Sydney Symposium on 26 September […]
An article in The Conversation earlier this week claimed the Verification Using a Reference Building method for energy efficiency compliance of detached residential dwellings was a “loophole” allowing builders to avoid complying with the six star standard.
The first residents have moved into 68 Passivhaus affordable housing properties, with rent set at about 80 per cent of the market rate, and heating costs from as little as $21 a year.
The UK’s first document archive to be built to Passivhaus standard has saved the owners about £60,000 (AU$103,000) a year in bills, a post-occupancy study has revealed. The savings are massive cut to energy bills, considering typical document repositories can have heating bills of between £80,000-£100,000 (AU$138,726-$173,407) a year. The client, Herefordshire Council, also enjoyed […]
A pilot scheme to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Britain has seen energy consumption slashed by more than 80 per cent. The Retrofit Plus project – a collaboration between Beattie Passive, Birmingham City University, InteSys Ltd and iZDesign – was designed to investigate how upgrades to low-income housing could impact on gas […]
A new luxury apartment development in Sydney’s eastern suburbs also promises to be one of the country’s most sustainable, being the city’s first multi-resi project to go for both 6 Star Green Star and PassivHaus certification.