What is Passive House?

Revolutionary.  Artistic.  Unparalleled Comfort. Ultra Energy Efficient. Ecological.  Highest Quality.

A revolutionary science based building standard, Passive House (PH), is changing the way homes are being built throughout the world.  PH uses integrated design elements, materials and strategies to achieve quality, durability, comfort and sustainability.  Drastic reductions in carbon emissions and heating and cooling cost occur without the additional expense or maintenance of solar panels. And best of all, artistic design is not compromised to achieve these results.

German Engineering and Brilliant Scientist.

PH experimental design has been applied throughout the centuries to both heat and cool structures.  Middle Ages Icelandic homes and even the late 1800’s Polar-ship ‘Fram’ are examples of earlier attempts to reduce dependency on natural resources.

The current PH standard is the result of collaborative effort in Germany between between government, scientists and builders that began during the 1980’s and continues today. Now, these scientifically updated PH principals are widely applied world wide to provide heating, cooling, healthy ventilation, light and overall increased comfort while drastically reducing energy consumption, pollution and environmental impact.

All the benefits of PH can be packaged in stunning, market-defining architecture designed to your specifications.

Our unique spin on this method of building includes low-impact, eco-friendly, super low maintenance materials for a healthier home. Constant ventilation creates better air quality.  Abundant natural lighting is also a welcome feature.  Our version of energy efficiency doesn’t demand boring sacrifice. Rather, it provides the path to an artful design that optimizes your health. Using a balance between art and science, we help clients make choices in the home to maximize comfort, health, productivity, sleep, and appreciation of beauty.

Comfort – Constant temperatures throughout the home provide unparalleled comfort.

The heating bill open on the table is only $10 but it’s been less than 40 degrees outside for weeks. No matter where you are in your home, you are comfortable.  That is because there are no drafts.

Here is a comment from one of our clients: “Feet are always warm, I’ve almost forgotten about slippers. It seems so comfortable, so right, that one must be reminded that very few homes are built to deliver this performance.”

Healthier Design For Your Health and Your Home’s Longevity  

Current code-built homes have come a long way, but most still use toxic materials and have poor ventilation. Management of air and moisture movement is often a disregarded element, contributing to poor air quality and future material damage.  The result is that many homes are unhealthy and expensive to maintain.

We believe homes should be safe, healthy and enduring places.  Health and durability is also integral the PH standard. Hundreds of small design considerations create the benefits of carefully controlled air quality, health science driven lighting and moisture management.  Quality construction and durable, low maintenance materials also contribute to lower overall upkeep cost.

No Mechanical Heating and Cooling Systems Required – The Magic of Light & Energy Savings

Imagine it- Outside, lightly frozen dew drops are shimmering with the early sunrise. You share this moment, in a nook, surrounded by crystal clear glass. Yet rather than cold, you feel the coziest warmth as you snuggle up with your morning cup to enjoy nature. That is the pure magic of Passive House!

Instead of fighting against cold windows, we maximize the light in your home through strategic placement of triple pane windows that act as your primary heating system, even in our rainy Pacific Northwest climate. Like magic, our windows allow light and heat to enter while retaining world-class comfort inside. Your home is cozy without the noise or expense of a central heating or cooling system.

Affordability – A Return on Your Investment

The Passive House standard is a surprisingly affordable option, adding only 5-10 percent in additional construction costs to the average custom home. Our integration of design and build allows us to better control those costs and we have many proprietary means to provide the best value for you.  The high performance elements that define the PassiveHouse standard provide a return on your investment year after year.

PH integrated design creates a home in a class by itself.

Read the article Heat Your Home for $1.63 per week to learn more about the savings that come with building a Passive House.

 

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