Building physics, hygrothermal analysis, and robust energy modeling underpin Passive House design.


Unlike the checklists of other green building strategies, Passive House is rooted in science and performance. 

As Dr. Wolfgang Feist, co-originator of Passivhaus in Germany, explains:

“I was working as a physicist. I read that the construction industry had experimented with adding insulation to new buildings and that energy consumption had failed to reduce. This offended me. It was counter to the basic laws of physics. I knew that they must be doing something wrong. So, I made it my mission to find out what, and to establish what was needed to do it right.”

The system and tools that Dr. Feist and other established to “do it right” gives Passive House designers a data-driven way to marry energy performance and occupant wellbeing with great architectural design. 

The physics of Passive House benefits the biology of the people who live, work, and play in these buildings.

Powered by modern building science, energy modeling, and an advanced analysis of the thermal properties of building structures, Passive House architecture sits squarely in the realm of information technology and science-based innovation. That is a potential game changer for buildings’ role in the clean energy transition.

Zack Semke: NK Architects, quoted by Archinect

Passive House

Passive House design optimizes the light, air, and thermal energy of a building, reducing building energy use by as much as 75%. It’s the world’s most rigorous building energy standard, charting a straight path to zero carbon building. The result is a better way to design and build, with revolutionary performance and predictable results.

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