House Design

Dieppe Design is crazy for Passive House!

We are certified in Passive House Design, otherwise known as Passivhaus and here at Dieppe Design we absolutely love this concept. You can help change the future and build a better planet for our future generations just by adhering to Passive House or Passivhaus standards!

Originating from Germany, Passive House is the most rigorous, voluntary building standard in the design and construction industry. This scientific assessment results in a building that requires 90% less heating and cooling energy compared to a conventional building. The benefits can’t be ignored:

  • Comfort, in particular thermal comfort. We do the calculations to ensure that the internal air temperature is maintained between 20 degrees and 25 degrees throughout the year, without any heating or cooling! On top of that the high-performance building envelope means you can make as much noise as you want not disturbing the neighbours and vice versa.
  • No mould and improved air quality. Every Passive House is equipped with a heat recovery ventilation system. This sophisticated air circulation system supplies a constant stream of fresh air which is filtered and conditioned maintaining a relative humidity between 30% and 65%, replacing that stale, sticky atmosphere with one that feels fresh and clean.
  • Cost savings. Yes, the initial outlay will be more, but it is just a matter of mathematics: (initial outlay / energy savings per month = time it will take to pay itself back).
  • Long lasting quality. To achieve the stringent quality guideline required for certification you can rest assured the quality of construction will be of high standard.
  • Sustainability. Help reduce C02 emissions through sustainable building design.
  • Almost complete off grid power. Saving up to 90% energy means most of the energy required to run appliances in the house can be achieved by off grid power.

How does it work?

There are five principals that a Passive House is designed and built under:

1. Airtightness

2. Thermal Insulation

3. Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV)

4. High Performance Windows

5. Thermal Bridge Free Construction

We incorporate these five principals into the design and documentation phases, achieving a beautiful personalised home that can be certified Passivhaus. Below are representations of these principals in our Passive House projects. 

Seasound Passive House
Seasound Passive House
Glover Passive House
Glover Passive House
Malga Passive House
Malga Passive House