Remember the René Magritte painting of a pipe titled “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” or more formerly known as ‘The Treachery of Images (French: La trahison des images, 1928–29:
His statement is taken to mean that the painting itself is not a pipe. The painting is merely an image of a pipe. Hence, the description, “this is not a pipe.”
So what’s this got to do with architecture? The title of this post is ‘Ceci n’est pas une Passivhaus’ and although the house has all the characteristics of a Passivhaus, it is not certified as one so can’t officially be called a Passivhaus.
The slideshow below shows the construction progress of the ultra low carbon rural house in County Mayo. The slideshow includes captions on the features that make this a Passivhaus and although it’s not a Passivhaus it’s pretty close. I’ll also include in the captions why this house adheres well to the Mayo rural house planning guidelines:
The house incidentally is a self-build, direct labour project with a client doing a great job, wholeheartedly working towards a low energy buuilding.