The “Passive House”, a Regulation in Europe

by Vanessa Ezquerra

The passive house is giving a lot of talk lately. It is a housing design with very particular characteristics. This is the story of Andreina Uriarte, who owns one of them and is located in Vitoria, Basque Country, in Spain.

One of the main advantages of a passive house is that it has a low energy consumption, achieving a 90% reduction compared to an existing construction.

Another virtue of the passive house is that we can achieve zero CO2 emissions, which makes it a powerful tool in the fight against climate change if we take into account that building contributes 42% of global emissions.

The advantage of having a passive house is that it does not need so much energy to enjoy the well-being and comfort that is felt inside. All this is possible thanks to the design materials used in its manufacture such as pellets.

During the winter season or extreme heat, living in a passive house is a great experience. Since the ventilation air has the property of constantly regenerating itself, recovering the internal heat. A passive house has air-tight walls. In addition, it has good insulation that helps to combat the onslaught of the climate, achieving exceptional thermal comfort in both winter and summer.

It is more than proven that it is very interesting and beneficial for both users and the environment, the advantages of building according to the Passivhaus standard and achieving the certification of “Passive House”, This is the reason why there are already several regions and countries in Europe, which have raised it to the category of building regulations. Here are the details:

Voralberg – Austria – 2007 – Public Buildings
Wels – Austria – 2008 – All types of buildings
Antwerp – Belgium – 2013 – All types of buildings
Bruselas – Belgium – 2014 – All types of buildings
Bremen – Germany – 2011 – Public Buildings
Hamburg – Germany – 2012 – Public Buildings
Luxembourg – Luxembourg – 2016 – All types of buildings
Oslo – Norway – 2014 – Public Buildings
Villamediana – Spain – 2013 – Public Buildings
Dún Laoghaire – Ireland – 2013 – All types of buildings
Andorra – Andorra – 2020 – All types of buildings

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