Passivhaus Foundation Details
The following article contains details and information from our book Understanding Passivhaus – The Simple Guide to Passivhaus Detailing and Design.
Passivhaus Foundation Design
Passivhaus standards require high levels of insulation and airtightness throughout the building envelope. It is important to achieve a continuous line of insulation from the floor, to wall to roof. Junctions need to be thermal bridge free where possible, and the air tight layer must also be continuous.
A passivhaus foundation design will need to consider all of the usual aspects of foundation design – ie ground conditions, structural requirements, soils, and so on. However, extra attention will need to be given to the levels of insulation and the junction between the floor and wall.
A good passivhaus foundation design can be achieved with different types of foundation, whether it is strip foundations, raft or otherwise.
There are a number of insulation manufacturers who are offering ready made Passivhaus foundation solutions, like Kingspan, Isoquick and Kore.
Passivhaus Foundation Detail Examples
The following details are from Understanding Passivhaus, and include images from some of the case studies included in the book.
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