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Passivhaus Social Housing: Maximising benefits, minimising costs

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Many older homes are outdated and no longer fit for 21st-century living. Uninsulated and poorly ventilated buildings result in hard to heat homes that may suffer from damp and mould issues. Ever-rising fuel bills result in some residents being unable to afford to heat their homes to the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation of 18°C. Poor quality living conditions can exacerbate residents ill health and cold homes are becoming as big a killer as deaths associated with smoking & alcohol abuse.

Two further concerns for social housing providers, already facing budget cuts, are tackling fuel poverty, and building maintenance & durability.  Passivhaus is proven to deliver on all these fronts. All of this whilst delivering significantly reduced carbon emissions. 

The announcement of a new Future Homes Standard from 2025 will at least halve the energy use of new build property by 2030 with ‘the highest levels of energy-efficiency.’ Get a head start by building compliant homes now. Those who have already delivered Passivhaus schemes have reported significantly reduced rent arrears and shorter void periods, which has substantial impact on long-term viability.

This guide highlights significant synergies between the priorities of social housing providers and the multi-faceted benefits of successfully building and delivering Passivhaus homes. The aim is to explain why social housing providers should be aiming for Passivhaus and how to successfully implement the Standard.

Passivhaus Social Housing: Maximising benefits, minimising costs

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Published: May 2019


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