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We renovated a 100+ year old inner-Sydney terrace house to passive house standards, resulting in a house that requires 90% less energy to heat and cool than in its unrenovated state.
Our main focus for the renovation was year-round comfort. Although our budget may have afforded additional floor space, we considered thermal comfort a higher priority than more space. Having lived in Germany, we were aghast at the discomfort we endured at home in the much milder Sydney climate.
The end result is a house that is comfortable year-round with almost no requirement for active heating/cooling. An added bonus is the vastly reduced noise levels inside the house from car and plane traffic.
The house was profiled in Sanctuary 61.