Better by DesignMay 5th, 2020 | by Abby Xerri
Planning for Passive from the Start ensures that you meet performance standards
If you want to build a Passive House it’s important to get qualified Passive House guidance on achieving this standard at the beginning of the design process. Unless this goal is clearly defined from the start of a project, the building will likely never meet Passive House performance standards.
The extreme energy performance of Passive House buildings demand a thoughtful, rigorous and scientific approach to planning, design and construction. Energy performance savings of 80 – 90% (compared to conventional Canadian construction) do not happen by chance but by targeted planning.
If your goal is to have a building that achieves year-round comfort in an extreme climate (cold, warm, humid, dry), like Canada, with minimal heating/cooling energy use, then passive design fundamentals must be rigorously adhered to.