Most of the buzz surrounding Passive House seems to be related to energy efficiency. On the one hand, you've probably heard about the 90% reduction of energy use, no furnace, net zero ready. While, on the other hand, we hear that "green buildings" often fall short on the energy efficiency expectations.
The most important step towards energy efficiency and long-term affordability in buildings is good insulation. However, the effectiveness of an insulating material goes way beyond its thermal conductivity ( R-Value, U-Value): a building's design and technical installation knowledge work hand-in-hand to ensure insulation will live up to expectations.
Passive House professionals and enthusiasts alike seem to speak non-stop about the benefits of the standard. In the following posts we'll break down how these benefits are directly linked to the Passive House principles. Besides energy efficiency, health and comfort are the most significant benefits attributed to Passive House certified buildings, but what exactly does this mean in the Canadian context?
Designing, constructing and retrofitting buildings guided by LEED, Net Zero or Passive House principles, is not just a marketing stunt. These days mitigating the economic, social and environmental impacts of urbanization is no longer optional. When it comes to choosing a green building framework, factors to be considered must go beyond their market appeal.