Passive house

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The way forward—moving toward net zero energy standards

Net zero energy building (NZEB) standards have been gaining prominence lately as the next performance target for buildings. However, despite the demonstrated benefits of such building performance across triple bottom-line concepts, Australia is yet to formulate a policy toward adopting a net zero energy building...
Report

Pursuing passive: strategies for a high comfort, low energy retrofit in NYC

Improving the performance of buildings must be a central component of any response to the challenges of climate change. This is both an imperative and an opportunity. Responding to climate change by aggressively improving the performance of the built environment will produce buildings that are...
Conference paper

Jump-starting Passive House in New York City and beyond

To reach its goal of an 80% carbon reduction by 2050, New York City (NYC) must embrace a radical change to its buildings. The Passive House design’s performance-based standard ensures occupant comfort and very low energy use. It is a pathway for NYC to transform...
Report

High impact opportunities for energy efficiency in China

As the largest energy consumer in the world, energy efficiency and conservation have been prioritized in China to meet its fast-growing appetite for energy as a result of industrialization and urbanization, as well as to alleviate environmental pressure and tackle climate change. Evidence from analytical...
Blog post

Passive building design

Designers tune the thermal characteristics of buildings so that they moderate external environmental conditions and maintain internal conditions using the minimum resources of materials and fuel. Passive design maximises the use of 'natural' sources of heating, cooling and ventilation to create comfortable conditions inside buildings...
Blog post

Star ratings & passivhaus

NatHERS software is a powerful, building physics simulation tool, developed here in Australia by CSIRO (and its predecessors) over the last several decades. In most parts of the country, all new homes have to meet a minimum NatHERS 6 star standard to be approved for...
Journal article

Magnitude and extent of building fabric thermal performance gap in UK low energy housing

This paper presents new evidence from a nationwide cross-project meta-study investigating the magnitude and extent of the difference between designed and measured thermal performance of the building fabric of 188 low energy dwellings in the UK. The dataset was drawn from the UK Government’s national...
Conference paper

Chifley Passive House: A case study in energy efficiency and comfort

Numerous mandatory energy efficiency building standards and rating systems have been developed globally. The International Passive House Standard is a voluntary alternative, but there is little data on the performance of houses built to this standard in Australia. One house in suburban Canberra demonstrates that...
Conference paper

Thermal environment and thermal comfort in a passive residential building in the severe cold area of China

Purpose / Context - The outdoor climate in Harbin is more severely colder than German. Therefore, it is important to study indoor thermal environment and human thermal comfort in Harbin passive buildings by applying Germany technology. However, few studies were reported on this topic. Methodology...