There’s a growing trend in the housing market to create more energy efficient homes, both with new builds and existing home upgrades. Energy efficiency can mean many different things, but there’s one type of energy efficient home that takes the concept to an entirely new level: the passive house. If you’ve never heard of passive housing, you will want to become acquainted with the concept, because it could be the path to a sustainable future.
While a passive house can seem like a cost-prohibitive choice in the short term, but looking at costs over a longer period, the initial investment can pay for itself many times over in the years to come. According to the Passive House Institute, “Passive Houses allow for space heating and cooling related energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared to average new builds.” That’s an incredible savings to take into account when making the first steps into the world of energy efficiency, and it may be the information you need to hear to make that final decision.
What do you need, in order for your home to be considered a passive house? Here are the basics:
In order to reach the standards of passive housing, a high-performing insulation, like spray foam insulation available from Icynene, should be installed in your home. Icynene foam insulation is ideal because, unlike traditional insulation materials that act like a wool sweater, keeping you warm until the wind starts blowing, spray foam insulation acts like a windbreaker, reducing air flow that would cool the internal temperature otherwise.
Passive housing must be designed to be airtight, with proper ventilation systems in place to allow for fresh air intake. This airtightness reduces the chance of air loss, which is a major source of energy expenditure in most homes, as heating and cooling systems work harder to compensate for inconsistent interior temperatures. What makes spray foam insulation like Icynene perfect for passive housing is that it can act as both the high performance insulation and the main component in creating an airtight home.
The idea that homes can now be designed to minimize the amount of energy consumed by families is an attractive one. Making sure that your home is constructed in a way that is not only energy efficient, but also with materials that are guaranteed for the lifetime of the house, like Icynene is, will take you into a sustainable, energy efficient future.
Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to find out more reasons why Icynene can help your home become a passive house.