With energy efficient house renovations being everyone’s favorite topic in home ownership these days, you may have heard someone you know make reference to the Passive House Institute. But what is it, and how might it be able to help address your own home’s needs? The Institute’s website says that it “has played an especially crucial role in the development of the Passive House concept,” but what is a Passive House? If you are unsure, here’s a quick overview:
The Passive House is an approach in building which creates a highly affordable, comfortable, and energy efficient home to live in.
Here are the principles which are vital to the Passive House concept:
- using the sun to maximize its heat in the winter, and minimize it in the summer
- high performance windows and doors, to minimize energy loss
- an airtight building, which minimizes the loss of conditioned air
- balanced ventilation, with supply and exhaust fans working together to provide fresh air
- no thermal bridges, with the building envelope completely insulated with high performance insulation, like Icynene
Now that you know what a Passive House is, the Passive House Institute was created to be both a place to research and implement best energy efficient building practices, and also a resource for anyone interested in building a Passive House. Because the Passive House building concept is just that - a concept - the PHI is constantly working on ways to help people design and build one. They are also a place for manufacturers of energy efficient building components to go for independent testing and certification of their products.
The Passive House Institute is also a treasure trove of information for builders and homeowners looking for all types of information regarding the Passive House. Many of the tools are available free, and there are seminars, an annual conference, and a comprehensive list of approved component suppliers, including Icynene spray foam insulation, listed on the website.
Is building a Passive House the right thing for you and your family? Only you can make the final decision. A visit to the Passive House Institute to find out as much as you can about this energy efficient and affordable type of building will help, though.
Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to find out more reasons why Icynene is the ideal choice for you to achieve a more energy efficient home design.