When it comes to environmentally-friendly living, nothing can match a passive house. This concept has emerged over the past few years, with homeowners gladly taking the opportunity to live in houses where a steady temperature is maintained in every room, thus reducing energy consumption and utility bill costs. It isn’t just any building that can be declared a passive house, though; the home must conform to the high standards set out by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany to receive official certification of such a status.
What is it about passive homes that makes it so energy-efficient and an attractive living option? Its heavy insulation reduces heat transfer between indoors and outdoors, while there are none of the narrow ‘thermal bridges’ which enable heat to escape from a home sneakily. Its efficient ventilation system replaces moist, polluted indoor air with fresh, filtered outdoor air, a major factor in the preservation of a consistent temperature throughout each room. Meanwhile, the primary source of heat is the sun’s warmth, so the size and positioning of windows in a passive home is very deliberate.
The people at EZ Living Interiors have put together this infographic which explains the numerous benefits of living in a passive house, both for you and for the environment. Check it out below.