CABA Information Series
(IS-2013-89) Active for more comfort: The Passive House
This report from the IPHA provides a detailed overview of the “passive house”. The term passive house does not refer to a specific construction method, but instead a set of standards. These include: exceptionally high level of thermal insulation; well-insulated window frames with triple low-e glazing; thermal-bridge-free construction; airtight building envelope; comfort ventilation with highly efficient heat recovery. This leads to a house with significantly lower energy needs. The heat stays inside and doesn‘t need to be provided by an active system.