How Passive Houses Can Help the Environment


Passive houses are now almost 30 years old. They were invented to create a home that brought comfort, affordability, excellent air ventilation, and top performance – without every compromising on how the building looked.

As outlined in this infographic from Half Price, the first passive house was built in Germany and that is generally still considered the home of passive houses with 20,000 of the 60,000 passive houses in existence today based there. Passive homes aim to eliminate the need for heating systems and can provide comfort year-round without it. They do this by minimizing heat losses and controlling heat gains.

At the moment, they are still slightly more expensive, but costs continue to come down. For example, if you bought a passive house in Germany today, it would cost around 8% more. This would likely be higher still in countries like America where passive houses are rarer. Be sure to check with regional authorities about if there is any support for people looking to build passive houses in your area.

There are also some myths about passive houses that may need clearing up for some people. Many are turned off passive houses as they believe they’re too stuffy but just because they’re more airtight, it doesn’t mean they need to be stuffier. You always have the option of opening the window a little bit more than you would in a regular house. Find out more in the infographic.

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