“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.”
- 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.