What if Quality Window & Door told you there was a way to make your home super-efficient with ultra-low heating, ultra-low cooling costs and high-quality air free from pathogens and allergens? Now, there is! Already an emerging trend in Europe, the passivhaus energy standard refers to the materials, architectural design, and construction processes employed to make a home energy-efficient.
Passivhaus homes must also undergo a rigorous series of tests that check for energy-efficiency in order to be granted this eco-friendly title. If you’re in the Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC area, you can work towards having a more environmentally friendly and passivhaus-inspired home! Keep reading to learn more about passivhaus energy standards.
The passivhaus energy trend began in 1988. German engineers Dr. Bo Adamson and Dr. Wolfgang Feist completed a number of research projects testing for the most efficient home designs and constructions. In 1990, a group of private architects decided to build several townhomes that embodied these passivhaus qualities.
Throughout the 1990s, more and more residential and commercial spaces were gradually adopting the passivhaus philosophy. These houses became more popular in Germany, Sweden and other parts of Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Eventually, some of the first passivhaus homes were developed in North America in the early 2000s. Today, an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 homes worldwide follow the passivhaus energy standard.
Passivhaus takes into account several traits when determining if a space meets its requirements:
You’ll notice that with most passivhaus homes, certain traits tend to resurface:
There are many benefits to building your next home or office following the passivhaus energy standards. Even better, Quality Window & Door provides many products you can incorporate into your home should you choose to follow more eco-friendly designs. If you’re looking for more information about passivhaus energy standards, contact Quality Window & Door today!
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