Passive House

What is a Passive House?

A building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable, affordable and ecological atthe same time. Passive House is not a brand name, but a construction concept that can be applied by anyone and that has stood the test of practice.

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The Passive House is the world’s leading standard for energy-efficient construction; the savings in heating costs are usually over 80 % in contrast with the national statutory standards for new constructions. The heating demand is less than 15 kWh/(m²a) in the Passive House, based on the “heated/cooled usable area” (TFA, roughly: the living area).
The method for building a Passive House for a certain construction project and a particular climate is described in generally accessible literature – the tools necessary for this, like the PHPP for example, are available on the market.

For North America climate area, passive houses are commonly certified by PHIUS.

Hitting the Target Performance

Super Insulation

Continuous insulation at high levels throughout the entire envelope. Passive buildings have thicker-than-usual walls.

Elimination of Thermal Bridges

Any place a building component penetrates the envelope from the exterior to the interior is called a thermal bridge. In conventional buildings, multiple bridges add up to significant energy lost. In passive buildings, they are designed out.

Airtightness

Passive building envelopes are much tighter than conventional code building, preventing energy loss through infiltration, and ensuring building durability.

High Performance Windows/Doors

Passive buildings use high performance windows and doors that minimize energy loss.

Optimize Solar Gain

Through orientation and shading methods, designers get the most out of passive solar heating in heating season, and minimizes its impact during cooling season.

Controlled Ventilation

In an airtight building, mechanical ventilation is designed to assure continuous fresh air. Typically, the designer employees a balanced heat and moisture recovery ventilator. Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) use heat exchange technology that allows intake air to scavenge energy from the already-conditioned exhaust air.

How Eurotek Products Contribute to a Passive House

Airtightness

Eurotek windows and doors are with extremely high air tightness that only has average 0.01 cfm/ft^2 air penetration under a 1.57 psf differential pressure. (While 0.30 cfm/ft^2 are allowed for a AAMA A440 certified product). Preventing most of the energy loss from air leakage.

Ultra-Efficient Windows/Doors

Eurotek windows are made with multi-chambered profiles with extra glazing depth that compatible with triple pane low-e glass, which allows it to achieve a minimum 0.17 U-factor, a great product to minimize the energy loss through windows/doors. Windows contribute to 40% of heat loss while only occupies 8% of the building’s outer shell.

Thermal Analysis Information