5 fundamental principles of passive house design

25 Jan 2023
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5 fundamental principles of passive house design

25 Jan 2023
About the speaker
  • Bronwyn Barry RA, CPHD
    Bronwyn Barry RA, CPHD
    Architect, Founder, Board Member at The Passive House Network
    Ms. Barry is a registered architect based in San Francisco, CA. She was educated in South Africa, the UK and the USA and holds a BA from the University of Natal-KwaZulu. Bronwyn organized and directed California’s first all-women construction crew for Habitat for Humanity before co-founding both Passive House California (PHCA) and the Passive House Network (formerly known as the NAPHN), where she served for a decade as founding Board Chair. Her policy and advocacy work extends internationally. She contributed to the UNECE’s Coalition on Building's global standard for high performance buildings. Ms. Barry has participated as a subject matter expert on a number of research projects led by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL). She worked with California’s Codes and Standards team on exploring a Multifamily Passive House Reach Code. She now directs PHN's policy support programing and serves as a Senior Policy Fellow for the New Buildings Institute (NBI).

Key takeaways

Buildings that have a resiliency against the infiltration of outside air or smoke events is key.

Achieving high-performance windows, doors, and building insulation will require customisation according to climate.

The value of filtered ventilation systems in providing optimised health, indoor air quality, and performance is critical in our post-pandemic world.