1st Edition

The Passivhaus Designer’s Manual A technical guide to low and zero energy buildings

Edited By Christina Hopfe, Robert McLeod Copyright 2015
    346 Pages 146 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages
    by Routledge

    Passivhaus is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world, with almost 50,000 buildings realised to date. Applicable to both domestic and non-domestic building types, the strength of Passivhaus lies in the simplicity of the concept. As European and global energy directives move ever closer towards Zero (fossil) Energy standards, Passivhaus provides a robust ‘fabric first’ approach from which to make the next step.

    The Passivhaus Designers Manual is the most comprehensive technical guide available to those wishing to design and build Passivhaus and Zero Energy Buildings. As a technical reference for architects, engineers and construction professionals The Passivhaus Designers Manual provides:

    • State of the art guidance for anyone designing or working on a Passivhaus project;
    • In depth information on building services, including high performance ventilation systems and ultra-low energy heating and cooling systems;
    • Holistic design guidance encompassing: daylight design, ecological materials, thermal comfort, indoor air quality and economics;
    • Practical advice on procurement methods, project management and quality assurance;
    • Renewable energy systems suitable for Passivhaus and Zero Energy Buildings;
    • Practical case studies from the UK, USA, and Germany amongst others;
    • Detailed worked examples to show you how it’s done and what to look out for;
    • Expert advice from 20 world renowned Passivhaus designers, architects, building physicists and engineers.

    Lavishly illustrated with nearly 200 full colour illustrations, and presented by two highly experienced specialists, this is your one-stop shop for comprehensive practical information on Passivhaus and Zero Energy buildings.

    About the Book.  Contributor Biographies.  Foreword by Amory Lovins.  Preface  Christina J. Hopfe and Robert S. McLeod  1. Introduction: Climate Change and the Built Environment Robert S. McLeod and Christina J. Hopfe  2. Thermal Comfort  Louise Wille and Darren Woolf  3. Building Envelope: Construction Types and Window Design  Niall Crosson, Christina J. Hopfe and Robert S. McLeod  4. Lighting and Daylighting  Myriam Aries and Jan Wienold  5. Heat and Moisture Assessment  Florian Antretter et al.  6. Heat and Hot Water Generation for Domestic Buildings  Marek Miara  7. Heating and Cooling of Non-Residential Buildings  Doreen Kalz  8. Ventilation Concepts: Planning and Implementation  Michael Swainson  9. Renewable Energy Technologies  Andrew Peel  10. Site Management and Quality Assurance  John Morehead  11. PH Economics  Nick Newman and Richard Whidborne  12. Passivhaus Refurbishment (EnerPHit) - a case study  Ludwig Rongen  Bibliography  Index


    Christina J. Hopfe is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sustainable Building Design at Loughborough University. She is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of CIBSE. She has a Dipl-Ing in Civil Engineering from TU Darmstadt, Germany, and a PhD in Building Performance Simulation from TU/e, the Netherlands.

    Robert S. McLeod is an Associate of the Building Research Establishment and a freelance building performance consultant. He is one of the UK’s leading Passivhaus designers and experts in low carbon design. He has a PhD in Building Physics from Cardiff University and is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of IMeche.

    'The Passivhaus Designer’s Manual is an excellent guide to the many facets of Passivhaus design. And it will become the reference book of choice for many Passivhaus Designers.' - Elrond Burrell

    'There’s a mystique around the whole idea of Passivhaus, and there really shouldn’t be. As this amazing manual so powerfully reveals, it’s a simple, elegant set of design principles, in which lies the promise of a truly sustainable built environment for everyone, anywhere in the world.' - Jonathon Porritt, Founder and Director, Forum for the Future, UK

    ‘Much more than a design guide for Passivhaus, this manual provides an excellent holistic view of good, low energy and sustainable design practice with contributions from a range of international experts. Principles, theory, and practice are clearly explained without recourse to detailed mathematical analysis making this guide accessible to a wide range of professionals; an impressive level of detail and scope.’ - Michael Holmes, consultant to Arup and principal author of CIBSE Guide A (Section 5 –Thermal Design), UK

    'The Passivhaus Designer's Manual perfectly illustrates that energy doesn't have to be associated with something dirty or negative. It can be innovative, techy, clean, some would even say sexy. There is great room for creativity when it comes to energy efficiency, and this book is the proof of that.' - Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union, Belgium

    'A very useful reference which adds to the knowledge and understanding of the Passivhaus standard as a potential solution to the need to reduce energy consumption.' - Andrew McFarlane, Building Engineer