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Passive House – High Performance Homes – the ultimate building standard.

Passive House – High Performance Homes – the ultimate building standard.

Never heard of Passive House – High Performance Homes? You’re not the only one, neither did we until 18 months ago. Originally developed in Germany in the 1990s, Passive House principles are now being used throughout the world and are becoming more desired in the Australian market, especially as we head into a mandatory 7-star minimum energy rating. These homes have a design focus that ensures the thermal envelope (the layer that separates inside from outside) is optimised to provide comfortable, healthy, indoor conditions, with up to 90% less energy used for heating and cooling than standard homes. They’re not just structures; they’re a testament to longevity and foresight, with the potential to maintain their prime for a century, backed by the financial benefits of green lending. It’s time to redefine what you expect from your forever home—one that doesn’t just endure but thrives through the ages, with its exceptional, tested construction techniques and methods. 

Comfort and Health as Standard, Not a Luxury

Passive House is not just about efficiency; it’s about revolutionizing comfort. Our construction methodology is rooted in steadfast principles:

  • Unwavering Temperatures: Experience the comfort of unwavering indoor temperatures, thanks to our mastery of superinsulation and airtight construction that stands defiant against all of Melbourne’s weather seasons. 
  • Pristine Air Quality: Breathe easy with mechanical ventilation systems boasting heat recovery—curated for a constant influx of fresh, clean air, ensuring health and harmony within your walls. Any occupants in the home will benefit from this type of air quality, however people most advantaged as those with allergies and respiratory difficulties. 
  • Serenity and Silence: Embrace peace with robust walls and windows that insulate you from the noise of the outside world.  Homes within the inner city of Melbourne, or those around high traffic areas, will highly benefit as there is a significant noise reduction.  
  • Moisture Mastery: As Melbourne braces for new regulations on condensation management, our Passive House designs are already significantly advanced, preventing mould and dampness with proven moisture control strategies.

Durability: The Mark of True Craftsmanship

Our Passive House homes are a testament to durability:

  • Precision-Driven Construction: Every joint, every seal, and every insulation panel is placed with precision, ensuring your home is shielded from moisture and structural threats. The main purpose of this is to create airtightness.  
  • One-Time Right Build: A by-product of wrapping your home airtight, is you ending up with a home that has its structure protected, which then in turn gives it superior structural longevity.  This counts for a major part of sustainability, i.e., a home that stands the test of time, should not require any structural ramifications, hence one our core values, ‘Made to Last’.

Seal of Excellence: Certification and Compliance in Passive House Construction

Our dedication to superior craftsmanship is both demonstrated and distinguished through rigorous compliance and certification:

  • Beyond the Norm: Regulatory Excellence: While the National Construction Code (NCC) sets baseline requirements, passive house and high-performance homes undergo additional testing and regulation, ensuring they meet the highest standards.
  • Earning Market Confidence: These homes are not merely built to code; they are crafted to exceed expectations. The materials and methods we use undergo rigorous testing and are fully validated. As a result, each home is not only awarded a plaque but also recorded in an international database. This recognition is a testament to their unparalleled value and desirability. The stringent testing, validation processes, and advanced construction techniques all translate into tangible benefits for homeowners.
  • Investing in the Future: The intrinsic value of these homes is set to rise as the demand for passive houses and sustainable living grows. By committing to high-performance homes today, we are paving the way for a future where these standards become the benchmark for excellence and desirability in residential construction.

In the realm of home building, quality should never be compromised. The philosophy of Passive House and High-Performance Homes is simple yet profound: build it right, build it once. These homes are not just structures; they’re sanctuaries that promise a lifetime of comfort, health, and peace of mind. In today’s world, where the home has become our haven more than ever, choosing a Passive House means investing in a lifestyle that cherishes well-being and sustainability. 

As highly motivated advocates of the Passive House and High-Performance Homes movement, we’re not just building homes; we’re crafting legacies. Join us in this pivotal shift towards a more sustainable and resilient world, one home at a time. If this is something that interests you, give us a call today.


What is a Passive House(Passivhaus)?

What is a Passive House(Passivhaus)?

When searching for “Passive House” or “Passivhaus,” you’re likely looking for an ultra-efficient way to live comfortably while reducing energy costs and environmental impact. As an architect specialising in sustainable design for over a decade, I’ve had the opportunity to design and build several Passivhaus projects.

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