Guest Post by: Helen O’Keeffe
As sustainable builds continue to rise in popularity, more and more homeowners are turning to passive housing design. 90% more energy efficient than a typical home, passive houses make use of clever design tricks to slash emissions. Learn everything you need to know about passive house design in this comprehensive infographic guide from EZ Living Interiors.
What are Passive Houses?
A passive house brings together a high level of comfort with very low energy consumption. To qualify as “passive”, the design of the house must adhere to strict criteria laid out by Passivhaus Institute in Germany.
Passive houses consume under 15 kilowatt-hours for heating and cooling per year. To achieve such a low rate of energy consumption, the house must be designed in such a way as to ensure a consistent temperature throughout by minimising heat loss and maximising heat gains. Typical characteristics of passive housing include heavy insulation, airtight construction and efficient ventilation.
Passive Houses Help You Save Money and The Planet!
Passive design standards encourage ultra-efficiency and dramatically slash energy usage. For example, the majority of passive houses do not need any heating source aside from the sun. While you will still consume electricity for things like lighting, electronics and appliances, and heating water, your energy needs will be greatly reduced. In fact, the homeowner can generate the energy they need themselves by installing their own green energy source such as solar panel or wind turbine, and virtually eliminate their dependency on an electricity company or any other polluting sources of energy.
Want to Find Out More About Passive House Design?
If you are curious in passive house design and would like to discover more, we recommend that you take a look at this highly informative infographic which lays out a basic overview of passive housing standards and looks at the many advantages of passive housing.