Passive Homes and Wood Burning Fireplaces

Initially popular in Europe and now spreading across the globe, passive homes are built with the environment in mind and a focus on temperature control. So how does wood heating factor into these eco-friendly abodes?

What is a passive home?
A passive home is built using the principles of passive design. This form of design takes advantage of the climate (in terms of both weather and location) to manage temperature within the home and ensure the smallest possible ecological footprint.
Because passive design takes its cues from the natural world surrounding the home, using natural sources for heating and cooling such as the sun and wind, it dramatically reduces the need for artificial heating and cooling.

What type of fireplace is suited to a passive home?
In order to maintain a consistent temperature inside, passive homes are exceptionally well insulated – meaning airflow both into and out of the building is very limited. Oxygen to power the fire in a passive home must come from outside, making a room air independent, slow combustion fireplace the ideal choice for a home of this type.
As its name suggests, room air independent fireplaces do not rely on air from within the room to fuel the fire – the oxygen required is sourced externally, ensuring the passive home remains safe as well as warm.
Additionally, a slow combustion wood heater makes a great partner for a passive house because recent studies have shown that firewood is one of the most sustainable ways to heat.

What room air independent models are available at Oblica?
Our range includes many different room air independent fireplaces: Emotion and the four Elements fireboxes from Skantherm, Alcor by Invicta and Slimfocus by Focus. All of these models are designed with the option to draw air from outside, making them ideal for use in a passive home.