Passive House design an Australian first
The new two storey extension of the Soldiers Memorial Institute on Pall Mall is being built to meet international Passive House standards, the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction.
City of Greater Bendigo Property Services Manager Andy Walker said upon completion, he believed the new building would be one of the first government buildings in Australia to be constructed to Passive House standards.
“It’s very exciting for the City to be able to set this great example,” Mr Walker said. When using Passive House design, buildings are constructed with high performance windows and a building shell consisting of highly insulated, well-sealed exterior walls, roof and floor to keep the desired warmth in and the undesirable heat out. This results in using very little energy to deliver a comfortable and stable temperature year round.
The City is committed to reducing greenhouse emissions and Passive House buildings allow for energy savings of up to 90 per cent compared with typical existing buildings and over 75 per cent compared with average new best-practice constructions.