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PASSIVE HOUSE

WHAT IS A PASSIVE HOUSE?

A Passive House is a very well insulated, virtually airtight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gains and internal heat gains from occupants, cooking, bathing, electrical equipment, etc. Passive Houses are the most energy efficient homes and therefore a big contribution towards climate neutral living.

The Passive House building design standards were originally established in Germany ("Passivhaus") and the success of these principles have led builders to apply them in commercial and residential projects around the world. 

Find beautiful examples of Passive Homes in California like Zero Cottage in San Francisco (see photo): California's Energy Future - Passive House California

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HOW DO WE ACHIEVE PASSIVE HOUSE?
  • Installing windows and doors with high insulation values

  • Adding external insulation

  • Designing our facade to maximize passive solar heat gain during winter days.

  • Reducing "thermal bridges" in the house envelope where building materials like fasteners can conduct heat between the interior and the exterior of the building.

  • Installing a heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system. The heat recovery ventilation ensures that the house is ventilated year-round without heat loss, especially during very hot or cold days when you would not want to open windows. That's why Passive Houses have a very high indoor air quality.

  • Using only LED lighting and other energy saving devices.

 

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