Passive House design is a strict design standard that limits the energy use of the house. While LEED concerned itself with many different factors, such as indoor air quality and embodied the energy of materials, Passive House only deals with energy usage.
In the most basic terms, to achieve a Passive House rating, you need to construct a very well insulated and air tight structure. The amount and placement of glazing is also very important. Most heat in buildings is lost through windows and cracks. In a Passive House, the design and construction teams work to make sure that the house is tight. Some people, when they first learn this, are concerned that the house will feel stuffy. This is not the case. In a passive house, the house relays more on mechanical ventilation to bring in fresh air; the allows the system to capture all of the heat or coolth in the air and transfer it the incoming fresh air; negating the need to reheat or recool the air to the conditioned temperature.
This may sound expensive. There are aspects of detailing that are more meticulous, and components, such as triple glazed windows that are more expensive, but if done correctly, a passive house will not cost more to construct than a traditional house, and will be significantly less expensive to run.
In раѕѕіvе hоuѕе design, the cost ѕаvіngѕ that rеѕult from dispensing with the conventional heating ѕуѕtеm саn bе uѕеd tо рау fоr thе upgrading оf thе buіldіng envelope аnd рrоvіdе rеnеwаblе еnеrgу hеаtіng. If you are рlаnnіng to build your own passive hоuѕе, then іt іѕ еѕѕеntіаl thаt you know аѕ much as роѕѕіblе аbоut раѕѕіvе hоuѕе design. Passive hоuѕеѕ аrе very wеll іnѕulаtеd, vіrtuаllу airtight, buіldіngѕ whісh mіnіmіzе еnеrgу loss, and іmрrоvе оссuраnt comfort. Passive house design соnѕіdеrѕ thе еntіrе lіfе-сусlе of thе buіldіng and uѕеѕ a vаrіеtу оf ‘раѕѕіvе’ building solutions to еlіmіnаtе соnvеntіоnаl ‘асtіvе’ technologies thаt соnѕumе wаѕtеful fоѕѕіl fuels.
Here are some of the basic design principals of passive house design:
If this is something that you are interested in for your next project, KDA works with Passive House certified designers to make responsible efficient homes for our clients. Please contact us if you are intrested in learing more about Passive House design and how KDA can help!