For those who are interested in building a “Green” home to conserve energy, have superior indoor air quality and have less of an impact on the environment, the definitions on what is considered green are many and diverse.
The more one researches the more choices and opinions that have to be digested. It is not long until you are thinking, “Is there a real standard?!” or “Do I have to make one up?” I am going to share a number of articles on this subject to get you familiar with a few of the standards that are out there. Consider me your tour guide through the large amounts of Green Information. I am going to start with my current favorite:
This standard has been around for over 25 years and has been tested and proved to work with
many types of construction.
“Use less energy” is the motto of this standard. Many of the green strategies out there concentrate on expensive technology to make energy on site, so it does not have to be purchased. Passive House does not use the Gadgets and technology. Instead it relies on:
- proper solar orientation
- airtight envelope
- lots of insulation
- mechanical ventilation
- reuse of heat
The additional cost to implement this standard is approximately %10 of the total construction cost for the project. I believe there are some government incentives available to offset part of the cost and the reduced energy usage can also be counted towards the initial cost of the Passive House standards in the long run.
Please let me know your thoughts. This is such a dynamic subject and I am always curious what home owners are thinking when it comes to “Being Green”.
If you would like to find out more, click on the picture to the right to visit the Passive House website.