By Keith Apps
Imagine having a Passive House that a roof looks like a turtle.
A passive house is a different type of construction to that of the shoebox design. The only thing they have in common is that of the strip foundations which it stands on even the slab is constructed in a different way.
Thin-film photovoltaic cells are part of the structure, unlike solar panels that are added at a later date.
A solar panel it’s best suited to a 30-degree angle whereas thin-film sheets work up to a 90-degree angle.
The passive house gets its design from the environment and it orientation, the house itself is somewhat different from what you see today but as time goes by and the benefits, it brings are more valued than in the future they will become commonplace.
With all-new buildings building Regs play a major part in its design but a passive house uses a different type of construction to that of the shoebox design and the passive house is more at home with extreme weather conditions, which can be built for the hot weather like in Orlando and also up north of the USA.