Passivhaus design optimizes the light, air, and thermal energy of a building, reducing building energy use by as much as 75%. It’s the world’s most rigorous building energy standard, charting a straight path to zero carbon building. The result is a better way to design and build, with revolutionary performance and predictable results.
Passivhaus design delivers superior indoor air quality, thermal comfort, and building durability. These are gracious interior environments to live, work, and learn in – quiet, comfortable, and infused with fresh air and natural light.
Careful engineering of the building envelope and systems optimizes:
Passivhaus design is based on the physics of building science and how a building works as an integrated system. Our architects and engineers collaborate to marry form and function, tapping advanced computer modeling to optimize building performance, comfort, air quality, and cost.
With over 150,000 built examples around the world, the superior performance and cost parity of Passivhaus construction are driving the exponential uptake of passive buildings around the world.
Whether you’re a developer or policymaker, certainty is vital. You need to know how buildings will actually perform before you invest in a development project or a policy solution. Passivhaus provides predictable energy, comfort, and air quality results, with unparalleled correlation between modeled and actual building performance. You’ll know exactly what to expect from the finished product.
I was working as a physicist. I read that the construction industry had experimented with adding insulation to new buildings and that energy consumption had failed to reduce. This offended me – it was counter to the basic laws of physics. I knew that they must be doing something wrong. So I made it my mission to find out what, and to establish what was needed to do it right.”
Dr. Wolfgang Feist: Co-Originator of Passivhaus
We understand that projects need to pencil to get built, no matter how worthy their social and environmental goals. NK Architects’ EcoProforma tool allows us to align architectural design and energy engineering with the specific financial goals of your project. Using this process, our zero carbon buildings can generate higher return for you.