Sustainability

Passive House

“Buildings account for 39% of total U.S. energy consumption and 38% of carbon dioxide emissions. Choosing to live (or work) in a super energy-efficient Passive House is the best thing one can do to conserve the world’s scarce natural resources and help create a sustainable future.”

 

  • bugs-on-leaf-background Passive Houses use up to 90% less energy than a typical American house. This impressive performance greatly exceeds that of other “green” standards, such as LEED and Energy Star.
  • Since reduced energy use means reduced greenhouse gas emissions, the Passive House is a sustainable alternative to conventional construction.
  • Passive Houses are heated “passively”: They make efficient use of the sun, internal heat sources, and heat recovery, so that conventional heating systems are unnecessary throughout even the coldest of winters.
  • During the warmer months, Passive Houses make use of passive cooling techniques such as strategic shading to keep comfortably cool.
  • In any season, a Passive House’s tight construction and high-quality insulation keep the temperature even and comfortable.