Characteristics of passive houses in many points coinciding with the characteristics of energy efficient houses. However, comparing these two types of buildings should be considered that passive houses are standing on a higher stage and they are characterized by the fact of the greatest energy savings. Their characteristics include:
– simple and compact block of house
– windows for the most part located on the south side of the building
– the use of mechanical ventilation and heat recovery units
– building envelope highly absorbing the heat.