An interesting building and design conference was recently held in Melbourne. Guest speakers included architects, builders, engineers and building physics experts from Germany, the US and the UK.

All were talking about the most radical, comfortable, healthy, sustainable, well-developed, performance-based building standard in the world. It is called the International Passive House Standard, otherwise known as the Passivhaus Standard. The term “passive house” conjures up all sorts of things, and some have suggested that it should be changed,…