Passive Hive Project

The Passive Hive project aims to increase community awareness about the importance to build sustainable and healthy buildings and to support local Government in the decision-making process to include Passive House design principles into their guidelines.

We are looking for funds so we can establish a central office within Perth CBD, from where we can provide free Passive House Design consultations for general public and professionals 2-3 times a week.

Apart from that, Maya’s Hive will be independently promoting Passive House Design Principles and actively working on marketing strategies to bring awareness of the solution to the problem. If you can help this important office establishment, we will be pleased to meet with you.

Project Background

The Passive House is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultralow energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

Passive Houses deliver a healthy indoor environment that is comfortable in temperature and humidity while using very little energy.

The technical definition is a building that can achieve thermal comfort by heating or cooling only the fresh air required to maintain healthy indoor air quality.
If the decision-makers and community understand the importance of the Passive design principles, the benefits will be manifold: local Government will be able to make informed decisions when investing in projects and can be leaders in the process of change.

By implementing this project, we could have a big positive impact on our environment and help the pursuit of the Act against climate change, bearing in mind that in Australia buildings are responsible for 23% of the total carbon emissions.

Project Description

Our project aims at making people aware that we need to use less energy in order to stop climate change. We are encouraging the public to look at their living arrangements and make some positive changes around their homes, with the end goal that they will build a Passive Houses in the future.
We all live in a house or apartment, but most are not aware of how unhealthy the indoor environment can be. Polluted air or mold and mildew can lead to asthma and other serious health problems.

Within our buildings, we also use more energy than necessary to keep them warm or cool because of poor building standards.
As a solution to those problems we want to show the public and Member of Local Governments how better indoor climate and air quality can be achieved and the basic principles to build a highly energy-efficient home that uses 90% less energy than the current building stock in Australia.

Project Benefits

If the community understands the importance of a healthy and energy-efficient living environment, the benefits will be numerous: a community that has less health problems will be happier and with less bills to pay, they will be able to afford a better lifestyle.
Once the community starts to work together towards a goal (such as making a positive impact on the environment) they will have a better sense of belonging, feel satisfied and are more likely to engage in other positive projects.

Overall objectives

Certified Passive Houses deliver a healthy indoor environment that is comfortable in temperature and humidity while using very little energy.
The technical definition is a building that can achieve thermal comfort by heating or cooling only the fresh air required to maintain healthy indoor air quality.
If the decision-makers and community understand the importance of the Passive House design principles, the benefits will be manifold: local Governments will be able to make informed decisions when investing in projects and can be leaders in the process of change.

Specific objectives for the community

1) Better health – once the public is aware of the issues an unhealthy indoor environment can have, they will be encouraged to make positive changes to their living arrangements. These will be suggestions for all budgets and greatly benefit their health.
2) Saving energy for a better planet – living in a more energy-efficient home can have a big positive impact on our environment and help to act against climate change. After all, in Australia buildings are responsible for 23% of the total carbon emissions.
3) Saving energy for lower bills – paying less money for your bills means that the community is able to afford a better lifestyle and possibly invest in other energy-saving measures (like PV).
Together with typical Architectural & Passive House Design services we will focus our activities around Architectural Advocacy targeting professionals and the public about the New Generation of Sustainability in House Design. Saying this, we have grouped main activities as follows.