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An Introduction to the Benefits of Passive House Design

Article authored by Trey Farmer, Partner, Principal, and Chief Sustainability Officer at Forge Craft Architecture + Design

Very few things in our world today are done the same way they were a hundred years ago – or even 50 years ago. Our phones have gotten smarter and our TVs have gotten thinner, yet when it comes to our homes, the basic structure and building practices haven’t changed much in the last century. And that’s a problem.

Between diminishing natural resources, more frequent severe weather events like heat waves, and our growing understanding of how the design and materials that go into our home affect our family’s health, it’s no wonder there’s a growing movement to reimagine the way we build to create healthier, more efficient and durable places to live.

Passive House design is a concept that originated in the late 1980s. This is a rigorous standard for buildings aimed at achieving maximum energy efficiency while prioritizing occupant well-being. It’s not a new way to build but rather combines traditional building techniques with advancements in building science and technology to achieve benefits like massively reduced energy consumption, greater resiliency, superior comfort, and enhanced indoor air quality compared to conventional structures.

While holidays like Earth Day are a nice reminder of our progress toward a greener future, it’s equally important that we, as a society, prioritize the advancement of new avenues for sustainability, and Passive House design represents a significant step forward in this regard.

Read the full article on Innovation & Tech Today.

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