As passionate engineers and designers, we are always looking to develop our knowledge and skills to allow us to better serve our clients. This month, two of our engineers are taking part in a week long Passive House course.
Established by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany in 1996, “passive house” was one of the pioneering concepts for building low-energy houses and is today a leading building standard. The design is focused on making best use of the “passive” influences in a building – like sunshine, shading and ventilation – rather than active heating and cooling systems such as air conditioning and central heating. Coupled with very high levels of insulation and airtightness, this makes it possible for a passive home to use 90 percent less energy1 than a typical dwelling.
Passive House homes and buildings offer superior indoor comfort due to consistent temperatures and good air quality. They also have the added benefit of reducing both external and internal noise due to the high levels of insulation.
The knowledge and skills our engineers attain this week will strengthen our sustainability offering as well as giving us a better appreciation of future residential developments!