AxisDesign Architects in Birmingham have come up with an affordable passive house design which they think could make this energy saving home affordable to everyone because of its low cost.
A passive house (which AxisDesign call passivhaus, in German) is a house which is designed to run on ultra-low energy and built to specific standards set by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany.
A Yorkshire self-build passive house
A couple in Denby Dale, South Yorkshire have self-built a Passive House using traditional building skills and methods, including a stone outer wall. There is a very informative article about it on Mark Brinkley’s blog, as well as a diary of the Denby Dale Passive house build on the Green Building Store website.
Passivhaus standard and design tool
The AECB (which I think stands for Association for Environment Conscious Building) is the Sustainable Building Association. It develops & publishes standards for sustainable building, and delivers training, including on the use of the Passivhaus standard and design tool. Find out more on the AECB’s CarbonLite pages.