passive house & near-zero homes
The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a home, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy homes that require little energy for space heating or cooling.
Near-zero homes are much the same, in that they require very little energy, and in turn generate nearly all of the energy they require through solar and/or wind energy.
Estimates of the number of Passivhaus buildings around the world in late 2008 ranged from 15,000 to 20,000 structures. As of August 2010, there were approximately 25,000 such certified structures of all types in Europe, while in North America there were only 13!
Times are changing and with rising energy prices combined with people’s awareness of the detrimental impact of fossil fuels on our planet, more and more Canadians are looking towards more sustainable homes with lower living costs and less impact on the planet.
Huge advances in building science and technology has meant it is now cheaper and easier than ever to build green and aim towards a home that uses very little energy and even generates its own from renewable sources.
Our experts can guide you towards choices in your project design that will mean a comfortable space with lower utility bills and a lower environmental impact, all without breaking the bank.
Even if you are not aiming for Passivhaus certification or a near-zero home, small changes in the design can make a huge difference to the comfort, sustainability and running costs of your h, often providing solid returns on your investment from reduced utility bills year after year.
Check our green building & energy-smart upgrades page for more information.
If you wish take your new home to the next level and aim for Passive House (or other similar certifications such as LEED and Energy Star) contact us today and book a complimentary consultation with one of our team and we will see what will work best for you.