The Passivhaus Designer’s Manual: A technical guide to low and zero energy buildings

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Passivhaus is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world with 30,000 buildings realised to date. Yet, remarkably, until now no book in English has been published which clearly explains how to design and build Passivhaus. As a technical reference for architects, engineers and construction professionals, this book provides a technical manual for anyone designing or working on a Passivhaus project, state-of-the-art research such as climate data, window systems, wall assemblies and more, practical case studies based on live projects from the UK, USA, Japan and Australia, a local and ecological approach to Passivhaus design and construction and a technical overview of the 'whole life cycle' approach to Passivhaus design.
Comprises a technical guide for designing and building Passivhaus and zero energy buildings. Covers: climate change; thermal and occupant comfort; building physics - implications for opaque and transparent building components; lighting and daylighting for visual comfort and energy efficiency; hygrothermal simulation (transient heat and moisture assessment); domestic heat and hot water generation; heating and cooling using passive and environmental strategies; ventilation; renewable power technologies; project and site management, contractual arrangements and quality assurance; and the economics of Passivhaus construction. Also includes Passivhaus EnerPHit and EnerPHit+i case studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages328
ISBN (Electronic) 9781317536918
ISBN (Print)1317536916
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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