Passive House Design
Since 2007, I elaborate with companies and clients interested in the Passive House Standard. The scope is to spread the international construction methodology developed by the Passive House Institute /PHI/ located in Germany for individual dwelling units, residential estates, and existing buildings. General technical parameters of the Passive House design such as geometry, orientation, and volume reduce final costs of energy usage. Consequently, we recommend innovative rigorous energy-efficient buildings with a compact shape and sunny open interior space, warm in summer, and cool in winter. Focal technological solutions include renewable energy technologies and installations such as rooftop photovoltaic solar panels, heating by air-source heat pumps, whole-house ventilation system, and solar shading. The Passive House Standard guarantees a pleasant interior environment with a thermal comfort and constant flow of fresh air. The Passive house design is a relatively new concept of a high energy performance house, thus a process of planning and constructing requires a high competence and knowledge.