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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857840193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857840196
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As we move towards the 2016 zero carbon target in house building, Passivhaus construction looks like becoming not just popular in the UK, but commonplace. This is a no-nonsense and engaging introduction to how to do it. --Kevin McCloud

I'm delighted to see everything about Passivhaus and its application in the UK collated for the first time, in The Passivhaus Handbook. The first-hand experience of the authors provides an excellent grounding for the book. --Jon Bootland, Chief Executive, Passivhaus Trust

This book gives a wonderful overview of Passivhaus in the UK today, not only enabling interested parties to understand the principles and pitfalls for their own projects, but also for policy makers and planning officers to understand how to avoid some of their own goals in attempting to encourage conservation. --peter warm, Passivhaus Trainer, Consultant and Certifier

I'm delighted to see everything about Passivhaus and its application in the UK collated for the first time, in The Passivhaus Handbook. The first-hand experience of the authors provides an excellent grounding for the book. --Jon Bootland, Chief Executive, Passivhaus Trust

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Janet Cotterell and Adam Dadeby are directors of Passivhaus Homes Ltd., which has recently completed one of the very few fully Certified Passivhaus retrofits in the UK featured in their book The Passivhaus Handbook. The retrofit is also exceptional in having achieved one of the best air-tightness results in the UK. More information on Passivhaus and on Adam and Janet can be found at www.passivhaushomes.co.uk.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Henry Dean on 16 Jun. 2013
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Seriously considering building a passivhaus drove the decision to purchase this book. If it had been available on Kindle I would have bought that version. Having this sort of hard copy though is useful. The essential aspects to achieve a passivhaus are well covered after an initial helpful introduction. Footnotes and links to essential parts and references for Passivhaus were useful for research beyond the basic book. Having been written by a couple of enthusiasts who have been intimately involved in introducing the style to the UK really helps. Their experiences are valuable as well as knowledge as to how provision of the various essential elements are changing. The final chapter with a number of people's experiences with their own passivhaus building in new build and retrofit was very helpful to put it all in context.

The initial full read through gives a thorough base to build further knowledge upon. Then being able to delve into specific areas as they become relevant will be invaluable.

Could not think of a better book to cover this subject. Well thought out. Well written. Useful illustrations. Excellent tables and specific interest segments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuart on 2 Jan. 2015
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The book concentrates on concepts rather than details and lines you up for talking to Architects and Consultants who can help you to achieve a Passivhaus design as one big expensive project. Very useful for selfbuilders who intend to employ professionals to achieve their dreams.

I did not really need too much discussion on the concepts and was looking for practical guidance on how to move forward in retrofitting my old house using suitable contractors or even DIY. I cannot do the required work all in one go but want to retrofit over the years - one detail/one room at a time in line with my ability to raise the money.

This book does not adequately deal with the issues of retrofit. For example, there is only one small paragraph on the subject of suspended wooden floors. This is not good given that the subtitle of the book claims that it does deal with retrofitting. There are millions of houses in the UK that look just like mine but the book directs me to an Architect to provide bespoke 'details' for my house. The details should be within this book!

On the subject of communication style: the writing is too wordy where some simple drawings/sketches would have been much more effective. Illustrations are usually in the form of photographs with no annotations. These illustrate the issues being discussed only if you do know what you are looking at!
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This is a good book on Passivhaus. It explains the most important concepts, and has information that is not easily found in other books on insulation or eco retrofit, such as the placement of windows. It's a good read on the basics of a Passivhaus and it is worth reading for anyone doing a new build or retrofit. It's one of the best books I have read in the area.

Having said that, there are two significant downsides to the book. First, the book deals with both new builds and retrofit. Inevitably retrofit is more complicated and has a much wider variety of existing features to deal with, and the book is much better on new build than retrofit. Secondly, the book is far too short and lacks technical detail. When I'm looking for a book on a technical subject, I often look out for negative reviews that say the book is too technical and is more like a textbook than an easy read. This is almost always a good sign. Alas, nobody is likely to complain that this book is too technical. But it is one of the best available books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Smart on 15 April 2013
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This book is very informative without being too technical, so suits professionals as well as those considering commissioning a Passivhaus design. It has been very useful for me to understand the practicalities of this approach for my own new house even though i will not be looking for certification. Highly recommended.
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By Artsreadings on 26 Dec. 2013
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Kept reading about the passive house concept online but wanted something more consistent and comprehensive on the matter, covering all the different aspects of the concept.

This book just exactly does that. The successive chapters can be read one after the other in sequence, or selected to be read at random.

The text is very clearly prepared, althought it can be quite technical at times.

Just thought it gives enough information about the various themes which are parts of the passive house concept. As one would expect from a handbook.

Please post a comment with your question if you need more information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emmett craik on 20 May 2013
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great easy to read broad based informative book, recommended for anyone looking to build a low energy home. Value for money
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Interesting mixture of materials, components, styles, resources and standards in modern house building. Excellent cross section diagams of construction. Falls short of a purchase list. And self promoting of institute costs to achieve standard. That said for the novice like me, its a brilliant resource and must have for the library. Can't wait for the second edition.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Feb. 2013
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I was so glad to see this book was being written and even happier when I received it in the post and read through it. It covers pretty much everything one might need to know on Passivhaus issues, everything is explained in an easy to understand fashion but with good amounts of detail too.

It really is a must buy for anyone with an interest in Passivhaus principles.
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