ConstructionsPassive House Constructions in Crete (2024 Edition)

Passive House Constructions in Crete,Greece.
(2024 Edition)

Passive House structures seamlessly merge comfort with minimal energy usage. Unrivalled design, skilled craftsmanship, top-tier windows, advanced insulation, and heat recovery ventilation distinguish Passive House construction.

Despite their high efficiency, these buildings harmonize
inconspicuously with their traditional surroundings.
Notably, a Passive House denotes a performance standard rather than a fixed construction approach. Designers have flexibility in achieving mandated energy targets, allowing creative freedom in construction methods.

Passive House Constructions in Crete
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Enhanced comfort, reduced energy consumption.

In the realm of Passive House, meticulous planning and execution are imperative. This precision guarantees a minimal energy demand: envision a 20 m² Passive House room staying warm in winter with the equivalent heat of 10 tea lights or the body warmth of four individuals, even in severe cold climates.

While, in reality, Passive Houses do not rely on tea lights for heating, they leverage efficient heating systems and essential ventilation for optimal indoor air quality.

Remarkably, Passive House structures offer exceptional summer comfort, rendering air conditioning unnecessary in most climates and maintaining minimal requirements even in extreme conditions. In essence, Passive Houses significantly minimize the overall energy required for heating and cooling.

Passive House significantly minimizes building heat losses, rendering extensive heating unnecessary. A substantial portion of the heating demand is met by the sun, occupants, household appliances, and recovered heat from used air. The ventilation system often fulfils the remaining requirements.

Tailored to the Regional Climate, Perfectly

The global applicability to the regional of the Passive climate, perfectly. House Standard ‘‘ remains consistent, employing a universal methodology.

Adaptations, however, emerge in response to regional climates, leading to variations in the attributes of specific components. In warmer regions, emphasis is directed towards integrating passive cooling strategies like shading and window ventilation, ensuring optimal comfort in hotter seasons.

Customization of each Passive House’s distinctive features becomes imperative for optimization in alignment with local conditions.


Passive House, where design meets efficiency, transforming buildings into harmonious spaces that breathe sustainability. Building a future where energy conservation, comfort, and environmental responsibility coalesce seamlessly.

Meet the team of ARENCOS: Maria Gkika FOUNDER - Senior Civil Engineer
By Maria Gkika

Maria leads the ARENCOS Civil Engineering team and as a certified Passive House Designer and Consultant coordinates several challenging net-zero projects.

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PHCC is an architectural and engineering philosophy for zero-carbon buildings in Crete, Greece.

Definitive benefits and substantial savings

The essence of the Passive House concept lies in its commitment to energy efficiency. Annually, a Passive House structure requires no more than 1.5 liters of oil or 1.5 m³ of natural gas (15kWh) per square meter for heating.

This represents over a 90 percent reduction in energy consumption for heating and cooling compared to standard building stock. In contrast, a conventional new build consumes 6 to 10 or more liters of oil per year per square meter, dependent on building quality and location.

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The path to advancing Passive House structures involves a commitment to continuous innovation.

Technological Integration:

Embrace cutting-edge technologies in construction materials, energy-efficient systems, and smart building solutions to enhance the performance of Passive House

Design Optimization:

Focus on refining design processes to maximize energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and structural longevity, ensuring that each element contributes to the overall success of Passive House principles.

Global Collaboration:

Foster international collaboration to share best practices, adapt Passive House standards to diverse climates, and promote a unified approach towards sustainable building practices on a global scale.

Continuous Improvement:

Embrace a culture of continuous improvement, with regular evaluations and updates to Passive House
standards based on emerging technologies, research findings, and lessons learned from implemented projects.

By navigating this forward-thinking trajectory, Passive House structures can not only maintain their reputation for excellence but also contribute significantly to a sustainable and energy-efficient future in construction.


Occupant satisfaction and comfor levels in Passive Houses are ofte reported to be high, with a satisfaction rate of over 90% in many cases.

The key parameters for a healthy and resilient passive house ecosystem.

Passive Houses, characterized by superior insulation, airtight construction, high-performance windows, and ventilation with heat recovery, represent a groundbreaking approach to sustainable and energy-efficient building design.

Thermal Bridge Free and Airtight
Halting energy leaks is a crucial aspect of constructing energy-efficient buildings, and this involves addressing thermal bridging—a phenomenon where energy easily escapes through points like edges, corners,connections, and penetrations in the building envelope. Preventing thermal bridges is an effective measure for energy conservation.
Passive House Windows
A critical guideline mandates that the average temperature of internal window surfaces should not dip below 17°C on cold days, even without radiators beneath the windows, ensuring optimal thermal comfort in close proximity to windows. In cool temperate climates, the emphasis is on highly insulated frames and triple low-e glazing, achieving U-values below 0.85 W/(m²K) for installed windows.
Superior Ventilation

A high-quality Passive House ventilation system operates incredibly quietly, maintaining sound levels below 25dB(A). This adherence to the noise limit is
achieved by equipping supply and exhaust air ducts.

By integrating these intelligent design paradigms, Passive Houses can achieve optimal fresh air retention while maintaining energy efficiency and a comfortable indoor environment.

Seeing the future: designing and providing healthy, safe, comfortable and resilient buildings in Crete.

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