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90 Second Explanation
What is Passive House?
Self Discovery Media, Victoria, BC
ECO Solutions with Sara Troy
and her guest Rob Lyon from Pacific Passive House (run time approx. 1hr 28min)
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A Passive House (or Passivhaus) is a home built to a stringent voluntary standard resulting in high energy efficiency. A Passive House uses 90% less energy for heating and cooling than the typical home, reducing the impact on the environment while also providing superior comfort. The International Passive House Association is a great resource for learning more about Passive Houses.
Rob Lyon from Pacific Passive House summarizes the incredible benefits of Passive Houses:
- Improved indoor air quality – comfortable humidity levels, low CO2 levels because of comfort ventilation, with optimum ventilation flow-rates calculated for each room
- Increased thermal comfort – the highest level of interior comfort of any building, with all surfaces equally warm (including the windows), no drafts (ever), no setbacks, no temperature swings
- Superior sound insulation – extraordinary airtightness levels, triple-pane glass and thick insulation also provide superior sound insulation – Passive Houses are very quiet indoors!
- Almost-unbelievable energy efficiency – 80-90% better than standard construction, with simply no need for a conventional heating system
- More durable – detailed and advanced design, better building components, proven building science
- Almost no maintenance – very simple mechanical systems compared to normal construction
- Resilient – the most resilient construction standard anywhere, which maintains livable conditions even during power or fuel outages, relies very little on any mechanical systems
- Sustainable – because of very low energy consumption and durable construction
- Versatile – Passive Houses can be built in any climate zone and applied to any building type, utilizing a wide variety of building materials and methods
- Internationally embraced – already over 40,000 units (now more than 60,000!) in more than 35 different countries … with numbers growing rapidly from China to Abu Dhabi to Alaska