The Passive House Standard targets energy efficiency, and can be applied to any sort of building, from residential to commercial, from a suburban single-family home to a downtown skyscraper. It achieves this standard with thicker walls, which provide more insulation, careful design which orientates the building to provide the most solar gain, and triple-pane windows and doors. These high-performing windows collect heat from the sun in winter and are shaded externally in the summer. Passive Houses also tend to have simple, cost effective mechanical systems that provide a high rate of air exchange, providing a high level of comfort.
We chose to build Passive House because:
Better buildings can transform our energy consumption, making our country more environmentally sustainable and our communities more resilient. Energy consumption is by far the greatest environmental impact of buildings, and Passive House addresses that issue head on, reducing consumption more than any other building standard.
Despite the unsurpassed quality & comfort, living in a Passive House is affordable and here are the reasons why:
Lower energy bills
All aspects of the building are optimized for energy efficiency, including lights, appliances and building systems. As a result, residents of a certified Passive House can expect vastly reduced overall energy bills. Heating and cooling loads are generally about 10% of the average existing building, and dramatically less than new construction using other building standards.
Reduced maintenance costs
A simple, high quality building costs less to maintain, particularly when there are fewer mechanical systems. The robust and high quality components will last longer and require less ongoing maintenance.
How does this change what you can afford?
Passive House monthly living costs (including energy costs, maintenance and strata fees) can often be reduced by $150/month. At a mortgage rate of 3%, you can invest an additional $32,500 in your residence without increasing your monthly living costs. That is, if you can afford a $400,000 conventional condominium, you could purchase a $432,500 Passive House condominium without increasing your monthly housing expenses.
Passive house monthly living costs (including energy costs, maintenance) can often be reduced from the average house by $250/month. At a mortgage rate of 3%, you could invest an additional $70,000 in your home without increasing your monthly living expenses. If you can afford a $800,000 conventional home, you could purchase a $870,000 Passive House without increasing your monthly housing expenses.
Passive House Canada
The Canadian affiliate of the International Passive House Association.
The International Passive House Association
International information and events
The Passive House Institute
The building science institute responsible for developing and setting the building standard
The North American Passive House Network
North American information and events