Timber and Sustainability

Are Passivhaus Plus and Passivhaus Premium the Future?

What’s the Difference Between Passivhaus and Passivhaus Premium?

Introduced by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1996, the term "passive house" was a groundbreaking concept for constructing low-energy houses and has since evolved into a prominent building standard. 

Today, Passive House constructions can effortlessly achieve a 75% decrease in energy consumption compared to a standard low-energy, eco-friendly home. This represents significant savings for both the owner and the environment.

 

 

Passivhaus and Beyond 

In developing a Passive House project, the focus extends beyond the thermal efficiency of the structure by incorporating high performing elements like passive house windows and doors. The goal is to construct a building that seamlessly combines energy efficiency, comfort, affordability, and ecological considerations. 

As Passivhaus architecture gains more and more momentum across the UK and Europe, some architects are pushing past the classic efficiency boundaries of Passivhaus designs to achieve net zero goals. This has resulted in the creation of new Passive House categories to accurately reflect these advancements. 

 

Passivhaus Plus 

In addition to the substantial decrease in energy consumption, a building certified with Passivhaus Plus produces an amount of energy equal to what occupants consume. This generated energy must come from renewable sources and be enough to sustain the building throughout the entire year. 

 

Passivhaus Premium 

Reaching even further than Passivhaus Plus builds, Passivhaus Premium structures generate a surplus of energy, surpassing the building’s functional needs. Achieving a Premium certification is thus an incredibly ambitious, yet very much possible, objective for architects and clients that wish to exceed the current benchmarks for eco conscious projects. 

 

Speak to the team at Avino today to talk to us about your next passive house project.