No significant behavioural change for passive house handover
It is sometimes thought one drawback of the Passivhaus standard is that it requires occupants to change their behaviour, yet a properly designed Passivhaus should not require any significant behavioural change. Passivhaus comes in all varieties; not just domestic dwellings, but schools, hotels, hospitals can all be delivered to the standard. The design should only include components and controls that are appropriate for the skills and understanding of the occupants.
Passive house handover
Each Passivhaus is bespoke in the sense that there is no standard typology, meaning the handover process and the maintenance regime needs to be tailored every time to suit different heating, ventilation and cooling methods, different equipment and component demands, and different occupant types. As always, understanding is the key. For the occupant, a clear understanding of the controls and techniques available to them will ensure they can achieve a comfortable environment with very low energy demands. For those responsible for maintenance, an understanding of the sensitivities and contribution of components to the overall performance will ensure the comfort and energy qualities are delivered.
Advance information on passive house handover and passive house methodology
Advance information in the form of a general explanation of the Passivhaus standard and methodology, and how it applies to the specific project can be a helpful start.
Excerpt from “How to build a Passivhaus: Rules of thumb”, chapter by Chris Parsons, Passivhaus Trust, April 2015.