What's this new PassiveHouse?
Quite simply it's the most stringent and highest certified building performance standard in the World. The Passive House designation combines time-honored design principles with advanced performance standards to produce homes with the most comfort for the least amount of energy needed.
Components of a Passive House:
Sometimes, a new design is so innovative that it completely obliterates all we know about the original object… PassiveHouse is a totally new science-based enhancement of our passive solar homes of the ’70s…
energy recovery ventilation
no thermal bridging
advanced frames with triple-pane windows
maximized passive solar
“itty bitty" heat & air units
Built using a true systems approach:
proper siting to take full advantage of passive solar gains
eliminating thermal bridging
adding super-insulation and leading-edge windows and doors
Remarkably Low Energy Use
Passive House uses only 10% heating/cooling energy than that of a house built to standard codes, saving homeowners thousands of dollars a year in utility costs.
High Indoor Air Quality
You’ll breathe better every day. The home’s stale indoor air is replaced with clean fresh oxygenated air every 2 hours.
Comfortable, Consistent Indoor Temperatures
Irritating drafts and hot/cold spots are eliminated thru the super tight construction and the absence of thermal bridging.
Utility bills – really small. 90% less than standard homes.
Maintenance – tight building envelope reduces typical associated costs. Conventional mechanical systems – eliminated.
Globally, more than 500,000
buildings have been constructed using Passive House principles. In fact, many European countries have already
or are in the process of making it
their standard building code.