Occupants of homes that we’ve designed and built applying the 5 key principles of Passive House, share the experience of a comfortable, healthy, energy-efficient, resilient and durable living space.
Simply put, Passive House is a set of sustainable building science principles that we have long employed to design, build and remodel homes. It’s proven that homes built to Passive House standards use significantly less energy and have a much lower carbon footprint. And that is easier on the planet.
The benefits of living in a Passive House are many—whether or not certification is a goal. These homes are quiet, have healthy indoor air quality, are draft-free and can maintain stable indoor temperatures as well as consistent temperatures longer during a power outage. They use 75% to 90% less energy to operate, significantly lowering utility bills and the cost of operation. And they’re more durable and have a higher resale value. Passive House has even proven effective in blocking intrusion of smoke during wildfires.
In our decade-plus of designing and building homes this way, we’ve seen firsthand the positive impact it has on the environment, both in general and inside the home. See what the owners of our first certified Passive House have to say.
Passive House strategies reduce the energy demands of a home regardless of size and style. Remaining energy needs can be met with onsite solar. And that’s only the beginning of the benefits. In future blog posts, we’ll take you through some of the benefits, the Passive House strategies we use to achieve them and the occupant experience in more detail.
For more than a decade, Carmel Building & Design has applied Passive House building principles to every home we build and are on our fourth certified Passive House project.
While our focus is on sustainable design/build, construction and remodels of custom, single-family homes, Passive House strategies can be applied to any type of building including both single and multi-family residential, commercial and institutional. To learn more about the power of Passive House, explore our blog and link to Passive House Accelerator.
While a home designed and built to Passive House standards can include gas-fueled appliances and mechanical systems, the greatest health and safety benefits occur when the home is all electric. Whenever possible, we use all electric mechanical systems and encourage clients to opt for electric appliances. Remember, electricity is the only power source that can be provided by renewable resources such as wind and solar. Yet another way to lower the carbon footprint of your home.
May 15, 2023 Blog
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