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Passive House Builds in Squamish

Passive Home Construction Squamish

Passive homes are taking off in Squamish. That’s because British Columbia homeowners enjoy the benefits of these houses. What are passive houses, and how are they built? These are questions that homeowners in Squamish are asking. It’s a green building trend, one that is here to stay because it effectively slashes energy bills and carbon emissions—but there is more to it than that, which we’ll discuss below.

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What Is a Passive House?

What is a Passive House?

These homes are designed around a set of passive building principles that builders use to meet a high standard of energy efficiency. Creating these homes means builders must account for the area’s climate, maximizing any gains the climate offers while minimizing losses. According to PHIUS, the Passive House Alliance, the basics for building a passive home include:

  • Continuous insulation throughout the entire building envelope.
  • Prevention of thermal bridging, which happens when temperature transfers between materials through physical touch.
  • Creating an airtight building envelope that stops the infiltration of outdoor air or the loss of indoor air.
  • High-performance windows—usually double or triple panel—are essential to prevent overheating in the summer and heat loss in the winter.
  • Balanced heat and moisture recovery ventilation to ensure interior comfort.

All of these factors and others combine to create a home that is extremely energy efficient, requiring a minimal heating and cooling system to keep the interior comfortable. These homes are draft-free, with consistent temperatures and humidity levels throughout, which makes them not only energy-efficient but also extremely comfortable.

Passive Home Benefits

All of these factors and others combine to create a home that is extremely energy efficient, requiring a minimal heating and cooling system to keep the interior comfortable. These homes are draft-free, with consistent temperatures and humidity levels throughout, which makes them not only energy-efficient, but also extremely comfortable.

For homeowners interested in net-zero or even net-positive homes, passive design is the best way to achieve these standards. Net-zero homes are homes that produce enough energy to operate their systems, while net-positive homes produce more energy than needed. Passive design helps you meet these standards by drastically minimizing the amount of energy required from in-home renewable energy sources.

Difference Between Passive Homes & Passive Solar Design

What is the Difference between Passive Homes and Passive Solar Design?

There is quite a lot of confusion about the difference between passive homes and passive solar design. In fact, these two terms are often used interchangeably. Even though there are similarities between passive homes and passive solar design, there is an important difference.

Passive homes focus on a couple of key factors: Limiting energy usage, and eliminating air leakage. Passive solar design also limits energy use, but it does this by focusing on ways to use the home’s natural surroundings to augment heating and cooling systems. A passive solar home, for example, might make use of winter sunlight coming through windows to help warm the home. In the summer, when the sun is at a different angle to the Earth than in winter, passive solar homes might seek to minimize heat gain through windows through the home’s orientation and window placement.

How Much More Does it Cost to Build a Passive House?

One big myth about passive home design is that these homes are prohibitively expensive to build. However, that simply isn’t the case. In most areas, it only costs about 5% to 10% more to build a passive home as opposed to a home built using traditional methods. Compared to homes built to Energy Star standards, passive homes typically cost no more than 3% more.

For that extra upfront cost, you’ll enjoy an enormous return on your investment, not only in terms of comfort and sustainability but in drastically reduced utility bills—which can climb quite high in places like British Columbia!

Blue Water Concepts

Blue Water Concepts LTD. is Your Squamish Building Partner

Ready to get started on a building project? Blue Water Concepts LTD. is based in Squamish, and we are dedicated to helping our clients design, built and renovate better homes. That includes creating homes using passive design concepts so that you can enjoy the energy efficiency, sustainability and reduced operating costs that these houses have to offer. Make us a partner on your project, and we’ll collaborate with you to create the home of your dreams. We take pride in the work we do, build strong relationships with our clients, and pay careful attention to detail so that each project moves from design to build with professionalism and efficiency. This is why clients come to us with their projects.

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