Certified Passive House Designer

Certified Passive House Designer

In a growing demand and awareness for better built homes and buildings, we have exciting news to
reveal, Brendan Roche, as a Certified Passive House Designer at Stephen Carr Architects.
Passive House is a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable and affordable at the
same time. A standard developed by the German Passive House Institute results in ultra-low energy
buildings that require little energy for space heating. Passive House is not a brand name, but a tried
and true construction concept that can be applied by anyone, to any type of building. 


Check out this 90 second video explaining passive house design

If you are interested in designing a low energy building, Stephen Carr Architects are now offering a Passive House Design Service. Brendan Roche took up the passive house concept when he was designing his own house and has an interest in combining stylish architecture with energy efficient design.
A Passive House is more than just a low-energy building:

  • Passive Houses make efficient use of the sun, internal heat sources and heat recovery, rendering conventional heating systems unnecessary throughout even the coldest of winters. During warmer months, Passive Houses make use of passive cooling techniques such as strategic shading to keep comfortably cool.
  • Passive Houses are praised for the high level of comfort they offer. Internal surface temperatures vary little from indoor air temperatures, even in the face of extreme outdoor temperatures. Special windows and a highly insulated building envelope keep the desired warmth in the house.
  • A ventilation system supplies constant fresh air, making for superior air quality without unpleasant draughts. A highly efficient heat recovery unit allows for the heat contained in the exhaust air to be re-used.
  • Passive Houses allow for space heating energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared to average new builds. Passive Houses use less than 1.5L of oil or 1.5m3 of gas to heat one square meter of living space for a year

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