What is a Passive House?

Introduced nearly 30 years ago in Germany, Passive House has emerged as one of the most rigorous, yet simple, energy efficiency standards in the building world. As you may guess from the name, the primary idea behind Passive House is designing and constructing buildings that require minimal levels of energy to heat and cool. Differing from other efficiency standards with prescriptive-based platforms, PH is largely performance-based, requiring extensive calculations and testin