Thanks to advances in the field of building science – our physics-based understanding of how heat, air, and moisture interact with buildings and building systems – we can design and build better buildings today, cost-effectively.
Passive House (aka Passivhaus) design harnesses this modern building science to transform building performance. By tweaking a few buildings systems, targeting an aggressive energy performance metric, and using high performance building techniques field-tested through tens of thousands of successful Passive House projects, Passive House design delivers buildings of superior comfort, indoor environmental quality, acoustics, and energy efficiency. Passive House buildings slash building energy use by 75%.
The key components of the Passive House approach are simple: airtightness, continuous fresh air supplied by mechanical heat recovery ventilation, good insulation and thermal bridge-free construction, and good windows and doors.
Because Passive House design is about the substitution of systems, rather than accretion, increased costs in one area are offset by savings in others. The added cost premium of bringing a project to Passive House levels of performance have become negligible, provided that an integrated design process prioritizes energy performance early in project development.
We have at our fingertips a cost-effective means to create superior buildings for our clients – buildings that tenants love.