Chandler Souther, principal of Hammersmith Structures, is proud to be a Certified Passive House Builder. If you’re familiar with the Passive House concept of energy-efficient design, he has the understanding of the interdependence and relationship of the components within a Passive House design and how to make them work together appropriately for maximum energy efficiency.
WHAT IS PASSIVE HOUSE?
If you’re not familiar with the concept, it is the world’s leading building standard for energy-efficiency. It relies on quality design and craftsmanship, high quality windows, exceptionally high levels of insulation, and heat recovery ventilation to create a home that uses up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling than a home built to standard municipal building codes.
The highly insulated thermal envelope of a Passive House keeps warmth inside the house in the winter and unwanted heat out in the summer, even during periods of extreme heat and cold like we often see in Northern Colorado. This limits the need for traditional heating and cooling methods. A constant supply of plenty of fresh air keeps air quality high and the home extremely comfortable.
Because the home is so airtight, heat emissions from appliances and even the home’s occupants contribute to warming the home in the winter.