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Is Cost the Barrier to Passive House Performance?

The projects included in this spreadsheet represent sixteen current (2020-2021) projects in the design or construction stage, all using the consulting services of Steven Winter Associates, Inc. The data set was shared by Lois Arena, Director of Passive House Services at PH2020, in a presentation titled “Keeping Your Students 1 Healthy & Funders Happy: Passive House Matriculates” The projects are all mixed-use multifamily buildings, with the exception of two university dormitory buildings, highlighted in blue.
2022Passiv House Network (PHN)
10passivehouseconstructioncost.jpgResearch Report - Passivhaus Costs & Benefits

Innovation costs associated with early Passivhaus projects are now reducing as the methodology has become more widely adopted. This study shows that the extra over costs associated with building to the Passivhaus standard in the UK has reduced over the past three years and, as of 2018, best practice was around 8% higher than comparable non-Passivhaus projects.
2019Passivhaus Trust (PHT), UK
17passivehousecapitalcost.jpgTechnical Guidance - Passivhaus Capital Cost Research Project

This research explores the costs of constructing certified Passivhaus-standard affordable housing projects in the UK, indicating an average cost of around £1,800-£1,850 per square meter of GIFA. Comparisons with other sustainability standards reveal a 15-20% cost increase for Passivhaus, primarily attributed to factors like external walls, windows, and doors. Further investigations are recommended to monitor evolving market dynamics and potential performance gaps in sustainability measurement tools, while acknowledging the broader value of Passivhaus in terms of long-term benefits beyond initial construction costs.
2015Passivhaus Trust (PHT), UK

See also

Further information on PH costs in the Affordability section on Passipedia

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