5 Ways the Passivhaus Standard Improves Building Performance

It’s no secret that Passivhaus delivers better building performance when compared to minimum code construction. But how exactly does the standard support performance?

  • Improved Site Quality Assurance: From design to construction, strict adherence to Passivhaus principles and quality control processes ensures that every aspect of the building meets rigorous standards.
  • Future-proofed Buildings: By prioritising energy efficiency and sustainability, Passivhaus-certified buildings can withstand evolving environmental regulations and market demands, offering long-term viability and resilience in an ever-changing landscape of building codes and standards.
  • Low Energy Demand: Through advanced insulation techniques, airtight construction, and efficient ventilation systems, Passivhaus buildings drastically reduce their reliance on external energy sources, leading to significant cost savings over the building’s life.
  • High Levels of Occupant Comfort: By maintaining stable indoor temperatures, optimising air quality, and minimising draughts and noise, Passivhaus buildings provide unparalleled comfort and well-being for their occupants, fostering productivity, health, and overall satisfaction.
  • Reduced Performance Gap: Through rigorous testing and continuous monitoring, Passivhaus-certified buildings consistently demonstrate high levels of energy efficiency and occupant comfort, minimising discrepancies between design expectations and real-world outcomes.


Text adapted from the Australian Passivhaus Association’s newsletter sent out on the 18th of April 2024.

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