Understanding Passivhaus 2d Edition - Bundle 1
Understanding Passivhaus 2d Edition - Bundle 1

Understanding Passivhaus 2d Edition - Bundle 1


What's included?

This bundle includes:

PDF file of the book

UK Construction methods

About Understanding Passivhaus

Understanding Passivhaus is a simple guide to the Passivhaus standard. The book explains the principles behind Passivhaus thinking, and explores numerous construction methods for achieving the Passivhaus standard.

The book features over 60 construction details, in 2D and 3D. All of these details are available to download in CAD and SketchUp format! (see Bundles 2, 3 and 4 for the cad and SketchUp options)

What is a Passivhaus?

  • why design a Passivhaus?
  • PHPP
  • Certification

Types of Construction

  • masonry construction
  • timber frame
  • structural insulated panels (SIPS)
  • insulated concrete formwork (ICF)
  • Mixed methods of construction

Principles of Passivhaus Design

  • technical requirements
  • building fabric
  • form factor
  • insulation
  • thermal bridge
  • airtightness and air leakage
  • building services and ventilation
  • windows
  • solar design
  • shading
  • summer ventilation
  • roof lights

Construction Details

  • solid concrete with rendered external insulation
  • insulated concrete formwork
  • solid masonry with larsen trusses
  • masonry cavity wall
  • timber frame with larsen trusses
  • timber I joist frame
  • SIPS construction
  • timber frame with external render

Case Studies

A selection of wonderful examples of Passivhaus designs and construction methods, with more case studies added for this second edition.

How this book will help you

Gain a better understanding of the Passivhaus standard

Understand the basic principles of detailing a Passivhaus

Learn about the different construction methods that can be used for Passivhaus design

Improve your technical ability

Increase your knowledge of one of the fastest growing energy performance standards in the world

Save a huge amount of time searching for details

Edit and develop the CAD files into your own detail library

Explore the 3D SketchUp files to improve your understanding of the Passivhaus design

Who is it for?

students | graduates | professionals | tutors | professors

This book is really useful to quite a few different people:

Students looking to increase their knowledge of Passivhaus and low energy buildings.

Graduates use the book to take out into the workplace and use as a reference.

Professionals use the book as a reference as they embark on new low energy projects or their first Passivhaus project.

Self Builders looking to gain an understanding of Passivhaus design in a clear and visual way.

The book is also highly recommended by many tutors, lecturers and professors who teach construction at colleges and universities around the globe.

What do I get?

Understanding Passivhaus Bundle 1 includes:

PDF file of the book

How do I get it?

After purchase you will receive an email confirming your order - so please make sure you enter your email address correctly.

You will then receive a second email with the download link to get your book. Please check your junk or spam folders!

If you haven't received your link after about 10 minutes - please contact us.


This is exactly what I have been looking for. Having brought Emma’s previous books, I knew this was going to be informative and easy to read but the level of detail Emma has gone to with this book is amazing.
I can’t wait to use this book in my final year at university and throughout my career.

Jasmine - Architecture Student

I am glad I stumbled upon your website. I have been looking for a simplified (but still technical) approach to Passivehouse. It looks like you put a lot of work into this book (and the details), I just wanted to let you know work like this is very much appreciated. It will be a big help as I continue on my journey of Passive House design and overall environmentally friendly construction methods here in Canada.

Wojtek- Architect

I have just finished reading your book Understanding Passivhaus and wanted to congratulate you on creating something so concise yet useful and comprehensive.
It was a really useful introduction to the broad principles of Passivhaus design and the further reading list also looks as though it will prove very helpful.

Matthew - Architect

Thanks for the ebook. It proved very useful for the Passivhaus Designer exam revision which was my original motivation for the purchase. Looking forward to a more leisurely read through now without the pressure and hopefully applying some of it to upcoming projects.

Mark - Architect

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Bundle 2 includes all the CAD files from the book. Bundle 3 includes all the CAD files and SketchUp files from the book, Bundle 4 includes a second book - Details:Calculated and associated Flixo files. 

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