Passive House (Passivhaus) is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which significantly reduces the building’s ecological footprint. Passive House buildings consume up to 90 percent less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings. The Passive House high-performance building standard is applicable to almost any building type or design. It is not particular to reduced fuel source nor emissions specifically. It is an internationally recognized, proven, science-based energy standard in construction. Certification ensures that designers and consultants are expertly qualified to design buildings to meet the standard.
The international Passive House Standard according to Passive House Canada requires:
*All heating and cooling calculations are based on the net usable floor area of the building. If cooling (air conditioning) is required, the annual cooling energy demand must also not exceed 15 kWh/m2.
Key strategies required to meet Passive House certification include:
Over the past two decades, tens of thousands of Passive Houses have been built. Learn more at: