What Are Passive House Standards?

What Are Passive House Standards?

What is a Passive House? A Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc. Energy losses are minimized. Any remaining heat demand is provided by an extremely small source.

Avoidance of heat gain through shading and window orientation also helps to limit any cooling load, which is similarly minimized. An energy recovery ventilator provides a constant, balanced fresh air supply. The result is an impressive system that not only saves up to 90% of space conditioning costs, but also provides a uniquely terrific indoor air quality.

The image here shows a group of students very intently working together on passive house standards of our house.

The Passive House concept represents today’s highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%. Widespread application of the Passive House design would have a dramatic impact on energy conservation.

Learn more about Passive House at http://www.passivehouse.us

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