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 3 and 4 for the SketchUp and Flixo options)
What is a Passivhaus?
- why design a Passivhaus?
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
- thermal bridge
- airtightness and air leakage
- building services and ventilation
- solar design
- summer ventilation
- roof lights
- 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
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 2 includes:
PDF file of the book
2D details in CAD format as dwg files (version 2010)
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.
System Requirements: Please note this package includes pdf and .dwg files which are large in size. Make sure you have a good internet connection, and download the files to a laptop or pc for best results.
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.
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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Understanding Passivhaus 2nd Edition - Bundle 3
Understanding Passivhaus 2nd Edition - Bundle 4
Understanding Architectural Details - Four Book Package
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. The full package includes the three Understanding Architectural Details books plus the Passivhaus book with all associated digital files. This is the ultimate bundle for UK construction.
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Looking for a hard copy?
You can get the paperback version of this book on Amazon.com.
Upon payment you will be sent an email which contains a download link for the book. You can then download the book (and associated files if you have purchased bundle 2 or 3) onto your computer.
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Yes! The books are available to colleges, universities or institutions but as hard copies only. You can see all the paperback options here.
The series is also available as an online subscription so students can gain access to the books 24/7. To discuss in more detail, please email me directly. email@example.com
Yes there are hard copies available, but they are quite expensive due to one off printing costs. If you are interested follow this link: Paperbacks
After you have downloaded your purchase, it is your responsibility to carry out any backups to ensure that your book is safe. If you lose the pdf, buy a new computer, or your computer crashes, we are not always able to replace your copy.
The CAD files are saved in AutoCAD 2010, and the Sketchup files are saved in SKP 2015.
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