Passive house: main features and benefits
Finding the perfect balance between energy consumption and maintaining a nice home is one of the main concerns of most householders. Both the teleworking boom and the cold wave that we are experiencing has increased interest in homes that improve energy efficiency and thermal comfort. In this article we will explain what a passive house is and how you can reduce energy consumption with a passive house.
What is a passive house?
A passive house is a house that has been designed and built to achieve a reduction in energy consumption of between 60 and 90% compared to a conventional house. To achieve this level of energy efficiency and maintain a comfortable temperature, passive houses passivhaus must have the following characteristics:
- Thermal insulation on all exterior walls.
- High performance doors and windows.
- Great airtightness to prevent infiltrations of cold and heat.
- Controlled mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery.
- Thermal bridge break to eliminate heat loss from windows.
Although smart architecture is a very current trend, the term passivhaus (passive house in German) was coined in 1988 by the German professors Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist. They designed this type of construction and created the first energy efficiency standard. A certification system that the Passivhaus Institut grants today to all passive houses that meet its quality criteria.
What are the benefits of a passive house?
The main benefit of passive houses is that their energy consumption is extremely reduced compared to conventional houses. In Spain, a passive house can reach up to a 60% reduction in energy consumption compared to the standard consumption forecast for a new construction. This energy saving obviously becomes also a considerable economical saving, both in heating and cooling.
Furthermore, passive houses are a benchmark in sustainable architecture and they offer multiple benefits that go beyond economic issues. Their constructions are very environmentally friendly since they use natural materials that are less polluting and generate less waste. On the other hand, its efficient air renewal helps prevent infections and respiratory diseases such as asthma and bronchitis.
Discover the prefabricated passive houses
More and more people are becoming concerned about the environment and want their home to reflect their concern. Undoubtedly, energy efficiency is an essential factor to reduce the emissions of a home. Therefore, efficient and sustainable architecture is going to become one of the main trends of 2021.
If you are concerned about the energy consumption of your new home, at Michele Mantovani Studio we can offer you the best prefabricated passive houses. A modular passive house allows you to enjoy the advantages of passivhaus certification at the best price, reducing energy costs and construction times.