20 passive homes ideas that could help cut the running costs of your build

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While the Passivhaus standard has pushed cutting-edge technologies to the fore,  achieving certification can be difficult and expensive. But it doesn't mean you shouldn't add these energy-efficient concepts into your renovation and self build project — in fact quite the opposite is true.

"Passive homes" are those that fulfill all the Passivhaus requirements but are not actually Passivhaus accredited. Passive homes can include renewable technologies, such as mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR), high spec building materials for airtightness and increased levels of energy-saving insulation. 

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Debbie Jeffrey

Debbie Jeffery is an award-winning journalist and property expert whose career spans more than 25 years. She has developed a broad technical knowledge – specialising in producing in-depth features on all aspects of homes and gardens for national newspapers, architectural journals and home interest titles, which have been syndicated around the world.

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