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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.

What Is Passive House?

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 works.

Passive House Illustration

5 Key Principles Of Passive House

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 International Passive House brochure here for more details.

The new standard for efficient, high-performance, durable, and environmentally friendly buildings.

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.

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

Passive House Interactive Book Cover

Buyers who are building new homes in are seeking contractors who can deliver cost-saving, health-protective, air-tight climate-controlled comfort in energy-efficient homes

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