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Passivhaus

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PassivHaus is a certification for super-energy efficient buildings meeting the code developed by the PassivHaus Institute in Germany, and administered in Canada, Germany, UK and US.

A Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc. Energy losses are minimized. Any remaining heat demand is provided by an extremely small source. Avoidance of heat gain through shading and window orientation also helps to limit any cooling load, which is similarly minimized. An energy recovery ventilator provides a constant, balanced fresh air supply. The result is an impressive system that not only saves up to 90% of space heating costs, but also provides a uniquely terrific indoor air quality.

Learn more: Passivhaus websiteExternal Site

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Conformity with Passivhaus's standard is verified by our own organization (second party).

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Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

Name

Passivhaus Institut

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Type

Non-profit

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Year ecolabel est. 1996

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Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Building products Buildings


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Last updated: 20 January 2012