Structural insulated panels (SIPs) and insulated concrete framework (ICF) homes are a top choice for builders who want to offer premium features together with a highly efficient home with low running costs.

Passive house, also known by its German name Passivhaus, is a widely recognised and highly efficient energy standard. The Passive house standard is a popular goal for self-builders who want to produce a bespoke, long-term home.

The high energy efficiency Passive house standard has three essential elements:

  • High insulation
  • Low levels of air leakage
  • The use of ventilation with heat recovery

When partnered with exceptional design, you can create homes using SIPs and ICF construction that will use very little energy to heat/cool your home.

 

Why build a passive house?

The passive house standard has shown the true potential of a fabric first approach to construction. It has been leading the creation of highly energy efficient buildings since 1990, and by following their methodology, properties don’t have to rely on expensive renewable technologies to heat them.

Builders are now able to create buildings that maintain near constant internal temperatures using SIPs and ICF construction methods. No matter the weather outside, achieving Passive house standards will help you to save money on energy bills while supporting the energy security of our planet.

One of the main criteria to achieve the Passive house standard is that your property must not use more than 15 kWh/m2 of energy per year for heating. Achieving this standard with traditional building methods such as brick, stone and mortar are challenging and very costly. By using SIPs or ICF construction this goal is readily achievable.

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How can SIP and ICF construction make Passive house easier?

Passive buildings are built in accordance with these four main principles:

  • A near airtight building
  • Continuous insulation
  • High performing windows & doors
  • Recovery ventilation systems to balance heat and moisture

 

The use of structural insulated panels and insulated concrete formwork are well recognised alternatives to traditional construction methods. These systems are proven to give outstanding fabric performance and airtightness making the Passive house standards achievable while still having design flexibility.

The GLB advanced building system can provide a Passive House building which has a lower carbon footprint by having the insulation be the maximum amount of the panel cross section, and not compromising on the robustness of the panel.

Most recently, at GLB, we exported GLB M2 Panels to the Netherlands for use in a building project that needed to achieve Passive house standards. The building project by Olde Hanter Bouwconstructies BV is being constructed to highlight the affordability, design flexibility and outstanding performance of using this approach to the Dutch government.

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Contact GLB for your Passive house dreams

Find out today how Green Life Buildings can help you with your latest project. Contact us at admin@greenlife-manufacturing.co.uk or fill out our contact form.

 

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