Very often in life, we’re told that being passive is wrong. Want to lose weight? Get more active. Want to reach those savings goals? “Actively” look for ways to be frugal. But when it comes to developing or retrofitting properties, there’s something to be said for passivity if you want to go green.
Introducing the Passive House
A green building standard called “Passive House” was first introduced in Europe in the 1980s. Today, Americans are starting to see its benefits as well. Employing Passive House design methods can go a long way in reducing a property’s energy usage.
Let’s get passive!
The Passive House is all about using an area’s climate to reduce a home’s ecological footprint without decreasing the quality of life for those that live there. These are the types of things you’ll see in a passively-designed house:
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