Passive House

A building standard that is truly energy efficientcomfortable and affordable at the same time. Passive House is not a brand name, but a tried and true construction concept that can be applied by anyone, anywhere.  Passipedia
What are the benefits of the Passive House standard?
  • Increase your personal comfort
    • Warm in winter and cool in summer
    • No loud window air conditioners or banging radiator pipes
    • No drafts or cold spots
    • Less street noise
  • Improve your health through better indoor air quality
    • Filter outdoor fresh air and distribute it throughout the building
    • Exhaust stale air from kitchens and bathrooms
    • Reduce the risk of mold
    • Reduce potential allergens and asthma triggers
  • Do less harm to the environment
    • Reduce your carbon footprint
    • Pollute less
  • Improve your return on investment
    • Low operating costs
    • Better cash flow for investment properties
    • Very low utility bills
What goes into a Passive House building?
  • A highly accurate, predictive energy model proven by thousands of built Passive House structures
  • Architects use the Passive House energy model (PHPP) to optimize the insulation, windows, and mechanical systems in response to the unique needs of the project
What building types benefit from the Passive House standard?
  • New construction and renovation projects
    • Schools
    • Commercial buildings
    • Multifamily apartment and condominium buildings
    • Single family houses
How do I get a Passive House certified building?
  • Work with a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) such as Duncan Architect
  • Your CPHD will provide the necessary overall design, details, and energy model for certification, tailored to your individual situation
  • Finally your CPHD will obtain certification for your building from a certification agency.