Traditional Passive Houses

4th Century

Traditional building in Southern China. In this climate, cooling rather than heating, is required.

In many climate regions of the world, if buildings are "sensibly" constructed, no heating is required and neither is active cooling (e.g. in some parts of Iran, on the coast of Portugal, some parts of China…). "Passive Houses" have always been built there, although they weren't known as such. Bo Adamson (1990) was the first to classify these houses as passive houses, and the question whether it was possible to transfer this principle to Europe using technical means gave the idea for a research project concerning "passive houses".