Passive House

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Aligned with our organisational focus on sustainability, ARKit is experienced in design and construction to the Passive House standard.

Passive House (or Passiv Haus), originated in Germany, and is now a world leading, international building performance standard.It has become an increasingly recognised benchmark for energy efficient buildings around the world due to its ability to verify the quality of construction, ensure indoor comfort, and quantifiably reduce operational energy consumption.

Passive House relies on careful design and the integration of specific construction systems to deliver buildings that require up to 90% less energy to heat and cool. In Australia, buildings designed to Passive House standard deliver a significantly better performing building envelope than those designed to local regulatory requirements. Accordingly, building to Passive House standards delivers higher quality construction, reduced energy costs, better occupant comfort and improved indoor air quality than traditional Australian building practices.

ARKit’s building system has been specifically designed to incorporate Passive House requirements and includes a highly insulated building envelope achieved through incorporating high levels of insulation and the introduction of vented cavity wall construction. It also includes specialist air tightness barriers, which control air loss and vapour infiltration, as well as minimised thermal bridging through timber framed construction. Both ARKit's panellised and modular approaches to construction can be utilised, depending on the design and site requirements.

Offering an integrated approach to design and construction, ARKit incorporates the principles of Passive House from the upfront design stage. Careful consideration of siting and orientation, together with local climatic conditions, are used to identify optimum energy efficient solutions. Design parameters are then combined with our building systems to deliver a holistic, site specific outcome that is aligned with Passive House principles. Where Passive House certification is required, we can work with local certifiers and consultants to test and verify the building, at both the design and construction stages, using specialist software and onsite procedures.

Passive house principles, despite what the name may suggest, can be used on any type or size of building.

If you would like to know more about how your next project could utilise the Passive House approach and become a national leader in sustainable design, please get in touch!