The International Passive House Standard is the only internationally recognized, proven, science-based energy standard in construction that consistently provides predicable results for comfort and climate.
The standard can be applied to any type of building, from residential to commercial, from a suburban single-family home to a downtown skyscraper. It achieves this standard with simple building forms and thicker walls which provide more insulation.
Careful design orients the building to provide a balance of free energy from the sun and a reduced need for cooling even as our climate warms.
WHY PASSIVE HOUSE
Applying these principals to buildings can reduce heating and cooling energy consumption by 90%.
Buildings contribute up to 30 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions which largely comes from heating and cooling. To active real results buildings must made much more efficient in a low-carbon future. Doing this also results in a dramatic rise in occupant comfort from reduced drafts, cold spots and high indoor air quality.
When we take a look at the overall carbon footprint of a new home in BC over its lifespan it breaks down into the following categories:
Carbon Footprint of a Home
Operational Energy 83%
As we can see, the operational energy is the largest factor when considering the impact of housing on our environment. Only focusing on materials doesn’t take the full scope of the impact homes have.
Operational Energy Breakdown
Hot Water 20%
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