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Extensive experience with Passive House

We have experience of various building types; domestic, residential and refurbishments, all to Passive House standard. You can get inspired and read more about some of our cutting-edge projects on the menu on the left.


Passive House solutions with Rationel Windows

We have extensive experience of Passive House Projects, and can provide specialised technical assistance and advice to support your organization from conception through to the installation of our products, helping you meet your design brief.

We can also advise on how to optimise the window design and glass solutions for different elevations. To give you the best results we offer to fine tune the window part of the PHPP calculation - after walls, floors, roofs and technical data for heating/ventilation have been entered into the PHPP.


Please note

The window guidelines for Passive House are guidelines only, while the criteria for heating demand (15 kWh/m2/year), air tightness (0.6-1) and the primary energy demand (120 kWh/m2/year) are mandatory.

We have optimised our windows according to energy balance; this typically results in a higher heat gain then heat loss through the windows. This enables you to utilize the free solar heat and thereby dramatically reduce your heating demand.

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Be aware that using windows with the lowest Uw-value does not necessarily result in the best energy performance for the building as a whole.
Our experience is that 50% of the full heating demand can be covered by solar heat gain though the windows.


Orientation

To achieve the best results we recommend that the windows are optimised according to orientation and shading conditions. South-facing windows have the greatest potential for heat contribution, followed by west and east. North-facing windows will contribute with daylight, but are not thermally cost efficient.


Installation

Installation details are often overlooked but in our experience it is important to understand that a lot of heat can be lost here (linear transmission loss - psi-value), if this detail is not developed in conjunction with the overall building design. A well-designed installation detail can typically cut down 0.5-4 kWh/m2/year of the heating demand - a significant proportion of the total allowance of 15 kWh/m2/year (up to 25%).

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We also have drawings of various installation details suitable for Passive House with corresponding psi-values. However as these vary we would recommend that the best solution is to have the exact psi-value calculated on the project-specific installation details.

If an exact calculation isn't made then the final PHPP calculation will be defaulted into the conservative psi-value of 0.04 W/m K.

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