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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Getting Your Teeth Into Passivhaus
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars passive decisions
Being honest i was expecting more from this book, especially in terms of construction detains/building methods etc even down to performance comparisons of the various energy sources etc it seems to be more of a marketing tool for passivehaus excel spreadsheets than any thing, very top level.
Published 4 months ago by Michael O Donovan


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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Getting Your Teeth Into Passivhaus, 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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3.0 out of 5 stars passive decisions, 23 April 2014
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Being honest i was expecting more from this book, especially in terms of construction detains/building methods etc even down to performance comparisons of the various energy sources etc it seems to be more of a marketing tool for passivehaus excel spreadsheets than any thing, very top level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Passivhaus theories made easy, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very accessible, 21 Jan 2013
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This book has lots of great information about the Passivhaus approach (mainly focussed on the UK), but it's how it's written and laid out that makes it so easy to understand. At a time when energy efficiency is increasingly important, this book is essential reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading., 31 Dec 2012
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If you are going down the Passivhaus route and if you are building from scratch you should be, this book is indispensable. It gives a comprehensive and very readable account of the Passivhaus standard together with the pitfalls and problems that may be encountered. It also deals with the enerPHit standard and retrofitting existing property.

I belong to my community development association and sit on the renewable / sustainable energy sub-group and this book is the one most used and quoted from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The UK badly needed this book, 12 Feb 2013
This review is from: The Passivhaus Handbook: A practical guide to constructing and retrofitting buildings for ultra-low energy performance (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars What Makes a PassivHaus, 12 July 2014
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Excellent book about what it takes to build a PassivHaus. A complex subject dealt with in an easy to follow series of detailed chapters. Hard to fault it but lots to praise. If you are interested in PassivHaus you'd be hard pressed to find a better description.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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A great book every designer should have in their library. This is the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As far as I can see the book is according ..., 5 July 2014
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As far as I can see the book is according to my expectations and needs to begin to explore the technics and the corresponding practices herein explained.
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