i2C is dedicated to achieving positive sustainability outcomes for our clients and we couldn’t be more thrilled to now have our own Architect, Ruth Dooley, Passive House certified.
Passive House is a voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s overall energy consumption and carbon footprint. Although the property and design industry has long employed environmentally grounded principles like positioning the building for best daylight orientation and using eco-friendly materials, Passive House takes sustainability to a whole new level. Passive House buildings are completely airtight and mechanically ventilated, meaning they use far less energy to heat and cool. This results in minimal use of heating and cooling appliances as the seasons’ change, which makes a lot of sense in an Australian context, albeit the principles have been slow to catch on here.
The physics and calculations behind the mechanics of the ‘wrapping’ component of Passive House are intense and must be very concise, but it all leads back to five core principles on which the entire philosophy is based. These include high indoor air quality, low energy use, air sealing for durability, cost-effective, and comfortable.
Ruth is excited to be Passive House certified and will use her certification and knowledge to share her learnings with the broader i2C team.
“Australia can look to move in the same direction as Europe and North America, and consider residential standards for sealing homes for energy efficiency. This would be worthwhile if more designers and developers get on board and start to utilise Passive House principles in their builds. The principles shouldn’t just be considered for residential buildings, they apply in a commercial context as well, and it would be great to see developers start to have a think about this.”
“We can utilise the principles of Passive House without necessarily abiding by the entire wrapping convention, by simply considering new methods of insulation and building sealing.”
“Although Passive House is not patented or trademarked, my certification gives me confidence to share my learnings with the i2C team. We’re such a forward-thinking team, and Passive House truly does feel like the way of the future, so although not a one-step solution, this knowledge brings power when offering sustainable design solutions to our clients,” she said.
We are proud of Ruth’s Passive House certification and have two more of our team members studying the same course currently. With sustainable alternatives always top of mind for our clients, i2C looks forward to adding Passive House design to our service offering. Watch this space!