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Technical Guidance - How to Build a Passivhaus: Good Practice Guide

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The second edition of the Passivhaus Trust’s indispensable guide on How to build a Passivhaus is now available, bringing you the latest expert Passivhaus guidance, additional all new content, and up-to-date exemplar case studies.  

How to Build a Passivhaus: Good Practice Guide covers the essential topics that are key to successfully delivering a Passivhaus project. It reflects the most recent evolution of best practice approaches to designing and building to the Passivhaus and EnerPHit standards, and takes into account the latest developments on related issues such as grid decarbonisation and energy prices, new and maturing technologies, embodied carbon, renewables, and retrofit.  

It features:  

  • key dos and don'ts to help you achieve a successful outcome for your Passivhaus project 
  • inspiring examples of exemplary certified Passivhaus and EnerPHit projects 
  • links to more detailed guidance on each topic throughout to further extend your knowledge. 

This guide follows on from Certified Passivhaus Designer/Consultant training and associated guidance, and draws on the practical experience of leading practitioners on UK Passivhaus projects, with each chapter authored by a top Passivhaus expert and extensively peer reviewed.  

How to Build a Passivhaus focuses on the good practice experience of designing and building a Passivhaus. For more on the costs and benefits of choosing to build to the Passivhaus standard, explore our guidance at 


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How to build a Passivhaus: Good Practice Guide




1 Intro


2 Design approach and system choices


3 Design approaches to retrofit


4 Use of PHPP and quality assurance


5 Certification and quality assurance


6 Airtightness


7 Building fabric


8 Building services


9 Construction and quality assurance


10 Handover, soft landings and POE



Case studies featured in this guide

Agar Grove
Ostro Passivhaus
Bowmans Lea
Wilkinson Primary
Primrose Park
Larch Corner
Old Holloway
Carrowbreak Meadow
Carlton Chapel House Foleshill Health Centre  


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How to build a Passivhaus: Good Practice Guide


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