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Example case study: Passivhaus in Cavan
Example case study: Passivhaus Stirlingshire
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Understanding Passivhaus by Emma Walshaw (2nd edition)

Paperback Edition
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Main purpose

Gain in-depth knowledge of the world's fastest growing energy performance standard

This book includes

  • 60 construction details (2D and 3D)
  • Case studies of the best Passivhaus designs and construction methods
  • Information on Passivhaus certification and PHPP 


Understanding Passivhaus is a straightforward guide to the Passivhaus standard. It explains the principles behind Passivhaus thinking, and explores numerous construction methods for achieving the Passivhaus standard.  This book is aimed at providing a clear and concise introduction to the Passivhaus method, for students, architects, self builders or anyone with an interest in the future of construction. 

Helps you to

  • Fully understand the Passivhaus standard
  • Learn the basic principles of detailing a Passivhaus
  • Understand the many construction methods used for Passivhaus design
  • Improve your technical abilities
  • Save a huge amount of time and effort searching for details

Key topics covered

What is Passivhaus

  • Why design a Passivhaus
  • PHPP
  • Certification

Principles of Passivhaus Design

  • Technical requirements
  • Building fabric
  • Form factor
  • Insulation
  • Thermal bridge
  • Airtightness and air leakage
  • Building services and ventilation
  • Windows
  • Solar design
  • Shading
  • Summer ventilation
  • Roof lights

Types of Construction

  • Masonry construction
  • Timber frame
  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS)
  • Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF)
  • Mixed methods of construction

Construction Details

  • Solid concrete with rendered external insulation
  • Insulated concrete formwork
  • Solid masonry with larsen trusses
  • Masonry cavity wall
  • Timber frame with larsen trusses
  • Timber I joist frame
  • SIPS construction
  • Timber frame with external render


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