Passive House is the standard for certified high performance building envelopes. It is the benchmark for energy-efficient, ecologically focused, and economically sustainable construction.
Passive House methodology demands strict performance requirements, leading to a 90% reduction in heating and cooling costs compared to typical construction.
The Passive House concept is one that takes a shift in thinking. In all modern construction, the idea that everyone is led to, is that you must allow airflow. Passive House eliminates it. The Passive House certification process essentially requires the builder to satisfy two benchmarks. True energy use. And airtightness.
We meet or exceed these requirements on every build. We set the standard for lifetime energy consumption. We set the standard for environmentally conscious and sustainable practices, through the entire build process. From the first design meeting, to the housewarming party, we are your partner in delivering your dream into the real world.
Which means being exceptional at our craft, working to the peak of our skill, ability, and talent. And being transparent and accountable for every dollar we spend getting you there, ensuring that the value is greater than the cost.
In these times of economic, environmental, and social uncertainty, nothing is more important than the health, safety, and security of your family. You are dreaming of the most important investment you will make in your life. Let us build it for you. We’ll get it done right.
What is a Passive House?
A Passive structure is a building in which “a comfortable interior climate can be maintained without active heating and cooling systems” (Adamson 1987 and Feist 1988). A Passive House heats and cools itself, hence the word “passive”, and coupled with renewables is categorized as Net Zero. Our Passive Houses are built to international Passive House Standards.
What are the Passive House Standards?
Passive House is a building standard that is truly efficient, comfortable, affordable, and ecological at the same time. It is not a brand name, but a construction concept that has stood the test of practice, and can be applied by anyone.
To be certified by the Passivhaus Institut, a Passive House must consume less than 15 kilowatt-hours of electricity per square meter per year for heating and cooling, with total energy consumption for all heat, hot water and household electricity not to exceed 120 kilowatt-hours per square meter per year*.
Passive Houses are very well insulated, draught proof, and air tight buildings whose annual space heat demand is so low that conventional heating & cooling systems can be omitted. Passive Houses still use electricity for things like lighting, electronics and appliances, but most require no heating source at all aside from the sun and the incidental heat generated by the appliances and people inside the house, hence the word “passive”.
*source: Passivhaus InstitutTotal Energy Consumption
There is a massive amount of research, education, scientific analysis, data, and discussion. Below are a few links that we know are a good place to start. But we are always here, and happy to talk about anything Passive House.
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Passive House Institute
Passive House Institute US
Passive House Wikipedia
Curbed: Passive House Construction Guide
Passive House Canada
Passive House Accelerator