Making Passive House Mandatory
Passive House is the world's leading standard in energy efficient design that provides for affordable, high-quality buildings as well as comfortable, healthy living conditions.
It started out as a construction concept for residential buildings in Central Europe. Today, the Passive House Standard can be implemented in all types of buildings almost anywhere in the world. The demand for Passive Houses as well as information on ans experience with Passive Houses has been increasing at an enormous pace, reflecting the trend-setting developments in this field.
Following this trend, an example of this can be seen in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council. According to an amendment to the draft county development plan the Council intend all new homes and commercial buildings to be built to low energy, passive house standards. The decision to call for the passive house standard on all buildings in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown came after The Passive House Association of Ireland invited the councillors to visit a local passive house in Mount Merrion, built to a traditional neighbourhood design dating from the 1930s.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown's proposal was approved by 23 votes to 14 and is currently out to public consultation before the development plan is due to be formally adopted. So is passive house building going to be the norm for the future? Looks that way.