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Passive House

A Passive House is a house designed to use Passive Solar Design principals to drastically reduce its energy demands by making full use of the energy supplied by the Sun, this thereby reduces ecological footprint of the building.

This can include its orientation, window placement, Trombe Walls, ventilation, thermal mass and living space placement. It also include the adoption of standards on energy efficiency to further reduce energy demands.

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