Any home custom designed around Bendigo and Ballarat must be able to perform during warm summers and cold winters. A passive house follows design and construction principles promoting interior comfort as well as health benefits while reducing energy consumption.
Here’s our approach:
1. Thermal Control: A high-performance building enclosure is one way to achieve thermal control. By building this way, we can keep the home warm when it is cold outside and vice versa. It includes installing high-performance windows to prevent heat transfer and remove thermal bridges throughout the home to avoid cold corners, minimise mould growth, and improve overall comfort.
2. Air Control: Sealing the enclosure and installing balanced, mechanical ventilation ensures a supply of fresh air and prevents drafts. Airtightness creates energy efficient and more durable homes leading to cost savings. Pivotal to the functioning of a passive house is the heat recovery ventilation system that draws filtered outdoor air into the house and exhausts stale air. Heat from the outgoing air is transferred to the incoming air in the process.
3. Radiation Control: Orientating a house to capture sun when it is needed in colder months, and shading the house when it is not, will maximise energy efficiency. High-performance windows will help with this.
4. Moisture Control: Careful attention to moisture and vapour control is required when setting up a high-performance enclosure. Of course, passive house design includes the ability to open windows and doors to ventilate the house. Choosing the best mechanical systems to deal with moisture is also important.