Aristotle’s wisdom is really just common sense. It is better to look at things holistically. A building does not exist in isolation. It exists in a dynamic environment that is the earth, surrounded by the ground, sky and other objects. This situation is also influenced by extraterrestrial bodies such as the sun and the moon.
So while it is tempting to look at buildings and their parts as if they exist in a test tube, they are part of a dynamic, ever changing cycle and environment. This also includes components inside the building that generate heat and can consume energy. Things such cooking appliances, the TV, dishwasher, even us.
Progress in technology has seen significant improvements in the efficiencies and a healthy reduction in costs of renewable energy sources. These improvements have been acknowledged by the Passivhaus Institute (PHI) along with the recognition that fossil fuels and non-renewable forms of energy need to be phased out. The PHI has introduced the two new classes, Premium and Plus, to incentivize the use of renewable energy in buildings.
Every inch of our homes are not only beautifully designed, they are calculated and built to surpass the World’s most rigorous energy efficiency, comfort and sustainability standards for buildings. Every component, every wall, window and even appliance is taken into consideration when meeting the Passivhaus performance standards
To date there have been over 60,000 Passivhaus units built around the world.
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Main picture- The largest Passivhaus building in Australia, Peninsula Campus student accomodation at Monash University, Victoria, Australia