The Passivhaus Handbook: A Practical Guide to Constructing and Retrofitting Buildings for Ultra-Low Energy Performance

Adam Dadeby (Author) Janet Cotterell (Author)

Product Details

Uit Cambridge Ltd.
Publish Date
October 25, 2012
8.09 X 10.03 X 0.74 inches | 2.02 pounds
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About the Author

Adam Dadeby and Janet Cotterell are directors of Passivhaus Homes Ltd., which in 2011 completed one of the very few fully Certified Passivhaus retrofits in the UK - featured in their book The Passivhaus Handbook, published in 2012. The retrofit is also exceptional in having achieved one of the best air-tightness results in the UK. More information on Passivhaus and on Adam and Janet can be found at

Janet is a chartered architect. She is a Certified Passivhaus Designer and holds an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies. Janet has a history of working in sensitive settings (conservation areas, listed buildings, historic parks) and therefore is familiar with the use of traditional and natural materials. In more recent years a growing appreciation of the importance of sustainable building practice (and a growing dissatisfaction with mainstream building practice and culture) has lead to a process of re-education and re-evaluation, culminating in a new focus on the implementation of low-energy design principles and in more collaborative teamworking.

Adam is a Certified Passivhaus Consultant and member of the AECB (the Sustainable Building Association) and holds a postgraduate diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). Studying at CAT has been a great opportunity for Adam to consider different approaches to 'sustainability' and 'resilience' as they affect building practice.



"I'm delighted to see everything about Passivhaus and its application in the UK, collated for the first time, in The Passivhaus Handbook. The firsthand experience of the authors provides an excellent grounding for the book." --Jon Bootland, chief executive, Passivhaus Trust
"An interview on The Greenpreneur Show with host, Michael Thomas with one of the authors of 'The Passivhaus Handbook', the architect Jan Cotterell. An educational and thought provoking piece showcasing the need for more sustainable, ecologically sound homes. Transforming our built environment using the passive house ideas for energy efficiency in the US and Canada." --https: //