What is an appropriate and reasonable building solution for Arctic climates based on a passive house idea?

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

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A passive house is a highly insulated building with an efficient ventilation system with heat recovery providing heating and good indoor climate. A passive house utilises the solar and internal gains in an effective way. And the heating with fresh air provided by a ventilation system does not require a conventional hydronic heating system. The passive house concept has been successfully implemented in latitudes 40° to 60°, mainly in German-speaking countries, in Europe, and in Scandinavia. The most interesting locations for a passive house in the Arctic regions are selected based on cross-investigation of population, location and weather data for the regions north of the Polar Circle. The European passive house is evaluated in different Arctic locations regarding definition, boundary conditions and design parameters. The possible energy designs for a passive house are investigated with prospective use in the Arctic. Through the adaptation of a passive house to the Arctic climate by modification of the building, the optimal energy-efficient house for the Arctic is found.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cold Regions Engineering
StateSubmitted - 2011


  • Passive house, Fundamental definition, Arctic climate, Optimization
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