Whether it is for ethical or financial reasons, being energy efficient is increasingly a priority for companies of all shapes and sizes. One potential solution in the future could be the increased use of Passivhaus standards in construction projects – a set of standards created to place energy efficiency at the core of designs. Here are the five top benefits of this method of construction:
Because Passivhaus buildings use such little energy, CO2 emissions are 90% lower than traditional buildings, dramatically reducing the whole life operational carbon emissions and running costs. Additionally, Passivhaus system regenerates and reuses the energy created by certain functions in the building such as the elevator. They also use of triple glazed windows, so that little to no energy gets out.
Better indoor air quality
With traditional buildings, your control over the ventilation can be limited. Open windows and doors can lead to toxins from the outside coming into your building. With Passivhaus buildings, fresh, filtered air is constant throughout. This is perfect for any business, especially those which welcome the general public such as gyms and leisure centres. Additionally, Passivhaus structures would benefit factories and any unit with a lot of workers.
The myth is that building to Passivhaus standards is expensive. This is only partly true. While upfront costs are higher, this is more than countered by lower long-term operating costs due to their greater energy efficiency. As a result, many parts of the public sector are moving towards embracing these standards as are private sector companies able and willing to invest in a longer-term vision.
The temperature in Passivhaus buildings remains constant, reducing heat losses in winter and preventing warming in the summer. Additionally, they also reduce noise pollution from outside in the building, allowing for totally quiet rooms. This means you can build on busier roads without fear than noise from traffic will interfere with meetings or lessons. The additional daylight and fresh air have also been proven to simulate and enhance learning meaning this standard is perfect for schools, conference centres and sports centres.
Passivhaus standards can be applied to any type of building in any region with any climate. In the UK, weather data has been collected to adapt the system to our weather patterns. Because of its energy efficiency, these standards are likely to comply with building regulations that will be set out for years to come.