Passive design is a growing movement around the world, allowing designers to create beautiful and functional spaces with as little impact on the environment as possible. It aims to maintain thermal comfort without the need for heating and cooling mechanisms, resulting in less energy usage, cheaper bills and a healthier way of living.
A new whitepaper, commissioned by environmental solutions experts Greene Fire, explores the role of passive design on both our own well-being as well as the health of the environment. The whitepaper explores the origins of passive design, and how the form of vernacular styles often adapted to the specific conditions of the contexts in which they were found for optimal comfort. Mechanical systems, while effective, have resulted in the production of a more homogeneous architecture, but have had an incredibly damaging impact on the environment in the process. Vernacular techniques and modern technological advances together can produce the best results for personal health and the health of the environment, without rejecting the efficacy of mechanical systems altogether.
Titled Optimising passive design: reducing our reliance on mechanical systems, the paper looks into the importance of thermal comfort and the role that passive measures can play over that of mechanical systems, before going on to discuss the most common measures of passive design.
Passive design measures range from something as simple as orientation to slightly more complex with the choices of insulation or glazing. However, depending on the method, passive design measures require little to no hands-on operation and little to no maintenance. In that respect, they are significantly simpler than the upkeep associated with mechanical methods of heating and cooling.
By adopting passive design measures, some standards for which are set by different industry bodies, the cost of bills and our reliance on mechanical systems can be reduced, and our personal health and the well-being of the environment can be improved.
The whitepaper is free to download and comes with additional information on one option available through Greene Fire for those who wish to retrofit a project with passive design approaches.
To find out more about passive design and its potential, click here to download Optimising passive design: reducing our reliance on mechanical systems.