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Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide

Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide- LETI

The Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide shows how we can retrofit our homes to make them fit for the future and support the UK’s net-zero targets. The Passivhaus Trust led the development of the cross-industry retrofit guidance which defines energy use targets for existing homes and provides practical guidance on how to achieve them. 


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Net Zero Carbon Toolkit

Net Zero Carbon Toolkit - West Oxfordshire, Cotswold & Forest of Dean District Councils

Net Zero Carbon Toolkit was developed by council members in collaboration with Passivhaus Trust, Etude, Levitt Bernstein and Elementa ConsultingThe toolkit aims to help the three councils to meet  net-zero targets as collective response to the climate emergency. The openly available resource aims to act as an exemplar for other councils who are navigating the transition to net-zero also.


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High Performance Construction Details Handbook

High-Performance Construction Details Handbook- Passivhaus Institute New Zealand

Extracted from all Passivhaus certified schemes in New Zealand, this handbook presents the most useful high-performance construction details from residential projects, analysed thermally in detail to ISO standards. CAD data for these generic details is provided, along with R-value calculations plotted for the elements and thermal bridge performance in terms of PSI and fRSI values provided for the Junctions.


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Passivhaus: Homes where people thrive

Passivhaus: Homes Where People Thrive - Passivhaus Institute New Zealand

This is an accessible guide for people planning to build a new home. Learn all about the health, comfort and quality benefits of a Passivhaus, Passivhaus project stages and most importantly, what sets Passivhaus apart from other low energy building standards.


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Building Performance Evaluation Guide

Building Performance Evaluation Guide - Good Homes Alliance (GHA) & Woodknowledge Wales

This guidance offers an introduction into applying Building Energy Performance (BPE) to improve the performance of homes, in order to achieve maximum comfort whilst transitioning to net-zero carbon. It has been produced by Good Homes Alliance (GHA) in collaboration with Woodknowledge Wales, with contributions from PHT Research and Policy Director John Palmer. The guide contains information for clients and project managers to understand the benefits of BPE and how to integrate these into a project, providing a holistic approach to performance through consideration of the user, indoor environment, fabric performance, energy and water use.


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The House of Future

The House of Future - nZEB

Created by the nZEB Roadshow, a horizon 2020 project promoting market demand for nearly zero-energy buildings. This childrens comic book show nZEBO the dog how to protect the enviroment and our wallets with a nearly zero energy building. 


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Easi Guide to Passivhaus Design

Easi Guide to Passivhaus Design - Levitt Bernstein

This simple design guide is a must-have tool for those involved in planning, designing, and constructing buildings. It has been produced in collaboration with Levitt Bernstein Architects, PHT member Etude, and endorsed by the Passivhaus Trust. The guide contains 10 illustrated design tips for creating Passivhaus & zero carbon buildings fit for the 21st Century and beyond. Passivhaus offers immense design flexibility, it eliminates the performance gap, and it produces buildings with comfort as a key criterion rather than a nicety – all while drastically reducing energy use.


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UK Passivhaus and the energy performance gap

UK Passivhaus and the energy performance gap - Rachel Mitchell & Sukumar Natarajan, University of Bath

The first large-scale systematic evaluation of the Passivhaus standard in occupied buildings using multi-year data from 97 UK Passivhaus dwellings spread across 13 sites. Results conclude that Passivhaus provides a reliable means of obtaining low-energy and low-carbon buildings.

Oct 2020

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Sustainable Renovation

Sustainable Renovation - SEDA

This design guide is a useful reference point for everybody in the retrofit sector from policy makers and development managers in housing organisations, to architects, builders, surveyors and those simply interested in upgrading their own homes.


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A developers guide to Passivhaus buildings_Passive House Canada

A Developers Guide to Passivhaus Buildings - Passive House Canada

An industry resource for designing and constructing Passivhaus buildings in Canada full of information & resources. Presented by Passive House Canada, the national association advocating for healthier, more comfortable buildings that contribute to a sustainable future.

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Passivtower—A solution for the low carbon city?

Passivtower - A solution for the low carbon city? - Allies and Morrison

A research project aiming to determine how tall one could push the Passivhaus standard, in collaboration with colleagues at the Passive House Academy, engineers Buro Happold and cost consultants Gardiner and Theobald. The goal of their research has been to design a tall passivhaus building - a passivtower - which could offer a high density low-carbon housing solution for cities.

Oct 2018

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Passivhaus: Does it do what it says on the tin?

Building Fabric Thermal Performance of Passivhaus Dwellings - Does It Do What It Says on the Tin? - David Johnston, Centre for the Built Environment (CeBE) Group & Mark Siddall, LEAP.

This research paper presents the latest understanding of Passivhaus performance and examines building fabric in particular.

Jan 2016

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Encraft Overheating technical insight

Strategies for mitigating the risk of overheating in current and future climate scenarios - Encraft

By modelling different Passivhaus standard buildings, over a range of future climate scenarios, insights can be found into which measures to control overheating may be necessary. These recommendations can also be applied to ‘standard’ buildings.

Dec 2015

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Encraft Airtightness Testing Protocol for Passivhaus

Air Tightness Testing Protocol for Passivhaus projects - Encraft

The air tightness testing protocol is not the same for Passivhaus Certification as it is for UK Building Regulations compliance. This document from Encraft sets out guidance for the specific testing requirements for Passivhaus and EnerPHit certification.

Mar 2015

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Passivhaus Primer: Airtightness Guide

Passivhaus Primer: Airtightness Guide - Dr. Rob McLeod, Mike Jaggs, Ben Cheeseman, Adam Tilford, Kym Mead

Airtightness and air pressure testing in accordance with the Passivhaus standard - A guide for the design team and contractors. 

Dec 2014

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Be.Passive: Lessons learnt from the Belgium Passivhaus experience - Benedict Binns, Mark Standen, Adam Tilford & Kym Mead.

Commissioned by the Centre for the Built Environment (CBE), this report aims to disseminate how Brussels as a region may offer a guide for a UK city or regional approach to developing a Passivhaus standard.

Mar 2014

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 Whole life costs of a Passivhaus

Passivhaus: Whole-life Costs of a Passivhaus - Dr Sarah Price & Helen Brown

The paper considers whole life costs of four different Passivhaus designs, and accounts for both capital costs and running costs over 30, 60 and 100 year lifetimes. 

Feb 2014

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Understanding Passivhaus: A Simple Guide to Passivhaus Detailing and Design

Understanding Passivhaus:A Simple Guide to Passivhaus Detailing and Design- Emma Walshaw

Understanding Passivhaus is a simple guide to the Passivhaus standard. The book explains the principles behind Passivhaus thinking, and explores numerous construction methods for achieving the Passivhaus standard.The book features over 60 construction details, in 2D and 3D. All of these details are available to download in CAD and SketchUp format.


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EnerPHit: a step by step guide to low energy retrofit by James Traynor

EnerPHit: A Step by Step Guide to Low Energy Retrofit - James Traynor

This is a practical guide that gives architects the tools to retrofit buildings to the highest EnerPHit standard. It equips the reader with the key information on EnerPHit (as the most effective benchmark for performance), the practical know-how and tips to ensure effective retrofit throughout all Plan of Work stages of a project to the EnerPHit standard. Backed with real-life case studies, it enables you to understand how to achieve successful outcomes tailored to suit available budgets and programmes.

Sept 2019 

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Designed to Perform | Tom Dollard

Designed to Perform: An Illustrated Guide to Providing Energy Efficient Homes - Tom Dollard

This book is an illustrated practical design guide to delivering better energy performance in all types of new build homes. It takes the form of an annotated details book, with photos taken from live construction sites, with the content based around diagrams, drawings and photos by the author, which demonstrates valuable best practice knowledge and advice. Chapter 1 is an introduction to the performance gap and the quality of design and construction in new build homes, explaining the typical construction sequence of homebuilding, and highlights common issues that designers need to engage with. Chapters 2-7 look at each construction fabric in turn, including a series of detailed drawings, diagrams and photos illustrating the key elements of good design. Chapter 8 contains a checklist of all performance gap issues that designers need to look for. This book will provide valuable guidance to architects and designers on how to improve their detailing at construction stage, and therefore the overall quality of design and performance of new homes.

Oct 2017

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Passive House Details Passive House Details

Passive House Details: Solutions for High-Performance Design, 1st Edition - Donald B. Corner, Jan C. Fillinger, Alison G. Kwok, Routledge.

Introduces the concepts, principles, and design processes of building ultra low-energy buildings. The objective of this book is to provide design goals, research, analysis, systems, details, and inspiring images of some of the most energy-efficient, carbon-neutral, healthy, and satisfying buildings currently built in the region. 

Sept 2017 

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The Passivhaus Designer's Manual - Christina Hopfe and Rob Mcleod

The Passivhaus Designers Manual is a comprehensive technical guide available to those wishing to design and build Passivhaus and Zero Energy Buildings. It includes in depth information on building services, holistic design guidance, practical advice on procurement methods and case studies from the UK, Europe and the USA.

Oct 2015

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PHPP Illustrated

PHPP Illustrated: A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package, 2nd edition - Sarah Lewis

Fully supported and endorsed by The Passivhaus Institut, this book provides illustrated step-by-step guidance, ideal for practitioners and students looking to utilise PHPP as a design tool. 

Oct 2017

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Passive House Design - Roberto Gonzalo, Rainer Vallentin

This book shows how much scope for design there is in passive houses and explains design strategies that lead to better passive buildings. 

June 2014

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An introduction to Passive House

An Introduction to Passive House - Justin Bere

This book contains essays that reveal the technical and creative secrets of Passive House design, as well as containing case studies of some of the world's best examples of beautiful, technically excellent buildings that still feel great even when the power supply is turned down to almost nothing.

Nov 2013

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Residential retrofit

Residential Retrofit: 20 case studies - Marion Baeli

This book presents a series of innovative and best practice case studies of residential low energy retrofit projects, and illustrates what has been achieved in UK practice.

Nov 2013

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The Passivhaus Handbook

The Passivhaus Handbook - Adam Dadeby and Janet Cotterell

This book contains clear underlying building science relating to Passivhaus Design and the key principles involved. 

Oct 2012

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