The utilization of the German ‘Passivhaus Standard’ has grown rapidly in recent years. Stimulated by the shift towards energy efficient design and rising fuel costs, the concept is perceived as a potential means of meeting future zero carbon targets through an established, reliable methodology. The standards ability to ensure adequate indoor air quality in a UK climate however remains fundamentally under-researched. This paper investigates the potential implications of the Passivhaus standard on indoor air quality. A case study is presented, which consisted of indoor air quality measurements, occupant diary, building survey and occupant interviews in a Passivhaus social housing project in the UK. The findings provide much needed insights into indoor air quality in homes designed to this standard; which can be disseminated to aid the development of effective sustainable building design that is appropriate to localized climatic conditions and sensitive to the health of building occupants.
- indoor air quality
- passivhaus dwellings
- energy efficient design
McGill, G., Qin, M., & Oyedele, L. (2014). A case study investigation of indoor air quality in UK passivhaus dwellings. Energy Procedia, 62, 190-199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.12.380, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.12.380