What exactly is a Passive House?
A passive home in Canada uses up to 85% less energy in heating over conventional building standards. A passive house is economically viable because it adapts conventional construction – materials and technologies to reduce energy needs. The quality of the interior space is improved with careful ventilation and day-lighting.
What exactly is a Passive House? By adapting conventional materials and techniques, (which adds between 5 to 10% to construction costs), an energy efficient envelope gathers and holds heat from passive sources, primarily solar. A conventional heating system is not needed in a passive house which reduces construction costs. Your passive home will minimize heat loss by optimizing the thermal performance of the building envelope.
The benefits to you will be many….included are:
*Reduced energy costs by 85%
*Reduces CO2 emissions 65%
*No limits to design or architecture
*Fewer mechanical systems that are simpler to operate and easier to maintain
*A well insulated house adds the benefit of sound proofing both inside and from the exterior
*No drafts in the house provide superior indoor comfort
*High quality ventilation equipment provides constant fresh air in your home
*Independent 3rd party certification ensures quality of construction and future value
You may be eligible for a rebate if you upgrade your existing home to its maximum energy efficient levels.
This very innovative building concept has become noticed worldwide and has taken a strong hold in Canada, particularly in Western Canada. The following websites are but a few to give you information of this rapidly growing and cost effective building concept.