Passive House

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Sutter Homes and Passive House

As the international standard, Passive House sets the tone for the future of efficient construction. Founded in Germany, Passive House is the only internationally recognized, performance-based energy standard in construction.


Going above and beyond reducing energy needs, insulation requirements, and zero-netting homes, the Passive House standard is an internationally recognized symbol of quality, comfort, and energy efficiency. First developed in Germany, the Passive House standard is making itself internationally known.

With annual conferences and research groups, PH is ahead of the curve and leads the charge for new and improved “developments of construction concepts, building components, planning tools, and quality assurance for especially energy efficient buildings.”

Watch this video for a 90-second explanation of how Passive House.

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Passive House building use around 90% less heating energy than average buildings. To ensure this consistent quality, Passive House has 5 key principles:

  1. Insulation
  2. Passive House windows
  3. Ventilation with heat recovery
  4. Air tightness
  5. Thermal bridge free design

View the full International Passive House brochure here for more details.

Podcast: Passive House at a Glance

From The Building Science Podcast: “The PHIUS+ 2015 Passive Building Standard provides the climate -specific sweet spot where aggressive energy and carbon reduction overlap with cost effectiveness.” Curious? Listen for more.

The New Standard

Passive House has proven itself to be the new standard for efficient, high-performance, durable, and environmentally friendly buildings. Building homes to the Passive House standard is the way of the future.

If you’re curious to learn more about the science behind Passive House, visit the interactive book made for property developers, contractors, and clients.

Comfortable, Sustainable, Reliable

“Just as a vacuum flask keeps drinks at the desired temperature, the well-insulated envelope of a Passive House keeps indoor areas at a pleasant temperature. Passive Houses are characterized by consistent temperatures on all interior surfaces and constant indoor climates without temperature swings or droughts – during cold winter months as well as hot summer periods.

At the same time, a Passive House building’s superior ventilation system ensures ample fresh air at room temperature and makes for high indoor air quality.”

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