Passive housing is becoming the latest “green” building buzzword. Passive housing refers to a home that is so well-insulated and nearly airtight that it can be completely or mostly heated by passive solar energy combined with the heat generated inside the home by people, electrical appliances and other items. If a heating source is needed, it’s a small heat source which is used as sparingly as possible.
Passive housing may seem trendy, but it has actually been around for quite a few years. However, the early incarnations of solar-focused housing were not very attractive, and the air inside of them tended to feel stale and stuffy. Many improvements have been made in the design of these houses over the years, and today’s versions can be both stylish and comfortable.
While the main benefits of passive housing are economic and environmental—it saves the homeowner from virtually all heating bills, and obviously avoids the use of natural resources—fans say it also results in a much improved indoor living environment. The lack of drafts and outdoor air access makes the interior space much more comfortable.
Despite the name, passive housing doesn’t happen without a lot of effort. Building materials must be chosen carefully, and specific design and building tactics must be used. Spray foam is a popular choice of insulation material for passive homes, because it allows for the airtight envelope that is the goal for these structures.
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