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Benefits of Passive House

Healthy

Healthy.

We’ve become so accustomed to bad air inside buildings, marred by elevated CO2 levels, that it can be viscerally surprising to breathe clean, oxygen-rich air when inside. Because Passive House buildings supply filtered fresh air through balanced ventilation systems, they actively expel pollutants and provide a constant supply of healthy, fresh air to occupants. Because Passive House building assemblies are carefully engineered to avoid moisture problems, dangerous mold and mildew don’t take hold.

Comfortable

Comfortable.

Superior comfort is one of the biggest benefits of Passive House design and construction. There are lots of building physics reasons for this: nice even surface temperatures thanks to thermal bridge-free building assemblies, super-insulation, and high performance windows; minimal stratification of interior air temperatures thanks to those even surface temperatures; smart design of both solar gain and shading; and more.

No Moisture

No Unwanted Moisture or Odors.

Passive House ventilation systems suck moisture and odors from kitchens and bathrooms and exhaust them to the outside, while continuously supplying filtered fresh air into living spaces. Unwanted moisture or smells generated inside are quickly eliminated. Meanwhile, Passive House buildings’ airtight envelopes prevent outside moisture and odors from entering the building.

No Dust

No Dust.

People who live or work in old, urban buildings know what we’re talking about here, with dust filtering through the walls and accumulating on any horizontal surface (and in your lungs, too). Passive House construction eliminates this problem. A continuous air barrier stops dust from infiltrating building assemblies, and the filter in the heat/energy recovery ventilation system captures dust from incoming fresh air.

No Pests

Keep the Wild Things Outside.

Who wants bugs or other critters crawling through the walls of their building? The wild things should stay outside, in their domain. A Passive House building’s airtight construction will stop these creatures in their tracks.

Quiet

Quiet.

The airtight construction of Passive House buildings often leads to quieter indoor spaces, reducing external noise disturbances and enhancing the overall quality of life for occupants. The robust high performance walls, windows, and doors that are so key to Passive House energy performance also dramatically reduce sound transmission from outside. Urban noise, passing trains, heavy construction? No problem.

Durable

Durable.

Passive House construction emphasizes high-quality materials and meticulous attention to detail. This results in buildings that are often more durable and better equipped to withstand extreme weather conditions, reducing maintenance and repair costs over time.

Resiliant

Resilient.

In this era of global weirding, we need buildings that will help us adapt to wild weather, extreme conditions, and energy grid failures: “passive survivability”. The passive systems of Passive House buildings allow them to ride out long power outages while keeping indoor temperatures safe. Their filtered fresh air systems can cope with intense outdoor pollution events and maintain healthy air inside. Their robust building envelopes can weather intense storms. Their very low energy consumption means a modest solar array and energy storage system can power Passive House buildings when grid systems fail.

Affordable

Affordable.

Passive House buildings are cheaper to operate than conventional ones, with lower utility bills and fewer maintenance expenses. While the upfront construction cost of Passive House buildings is usually slightly higher than conventional buildings due to their superior building envelopes and build quality, the added debt service for this upfront investment is routinely offset by savings in operational costs. Passive House design tools empower practitioners to optimize for building performance and cost. As we design and build more Passive House buildings, the experience gained from those projects drives the cost of future projects down.

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