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What is Passive House (Passivhaus)?

What is Passive House? “Passive House” refers to the international Passive House Standard, sometimes also referred to using the German spelling “Passivhaus”. The Passive House Standard is often referred to as “the world‘s leading standard in energy efficient design.” And usually, a description of the standard includes details of the specific technical requirements. The Passive House Standard is an international, rigorous, scientific, performance standard for the design and construction of energy efficient buildings. It applies to all kinds of buildings, not just houses. However, the Passive House Standard is not just about the technical requirements of energy efficient design, it encompasses: Comfort Energy Efficiency, and Quality Assurance What do Comfort,… Read More

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Passive House Cat Door

Can you get a Passive House Cat Door? Prospective Passive House homeowners often have a lot of questions. And rightly so, there are many new things to know about designing, building and living in a Passive House compared to a typical Kiwi house. One regular question is: can we get a Passive House Cat Door? The answer is: Yes.   There is this very high-tech option from petWALK in Austria. It is designed for use in airtight, houses with controlled ventilation, such as a Passive House. It comes in a variety of sizes, colours, designs and with numerous accessories. It is suitable for both cats and dogs, installation in solid… Read More

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