Guest post by Helen O’Keefe
This infographic looks at the trend for eco-friendly and sustainable passive housing design.
These days more and more homeowners are developing a passion for environmentally-friendly design. Smart design allows us to dramatically cut down on our energy consumption, or in an ideal situation avoid it altogether. Consequently, an increasing number of homeowners are opting for passive housing. A fantastic option for those seeking a greener way of life, passive houses are 90% more energy efficient than any normal home.
How does Passive Housing Design Work?
Passive design conserves heat by minimising heat losses and maximising heat gains, thereby ensuring a consistent temperature throughout the entire house. These houses optimise efficiency by making use of heavy insulation, airtight construction and efficient ventilation among other things. To be officially recognised as a passive house, the structure must consume less than 15 kilowatt-hours for heating and cooling each year.
“Passive (housing) is the radical notion that you can reliably and consistently design a building that works for humans. It’s a comfort standard and a methodology.”
Bronwyn Barry, Passive House Designer
What are the Benefits of Passive Housing?
While these buildings cost on average 8-10% more upfront to build, owners can still make big savings down the line. For example, as these structures don’t need any heating or cooling system, homeowners can slash their energy bills. What’s more, passive house owners can also enjoy improved air quality, reduced mould and (depending on where they live) tax rebates.
Discover More About Passive Houses
If you are curious about passive design and would like to learn more, why not take a look at this helpful infographic guide from the team at EZ Living Interiors. This informative graphic includes a simple overview of passive housing requirements and shines a light on the many advantages of passive housing.
Helen O’Keeffe works for EZ Living Interiors, a home furnishings retailer based in Ireland and the UK. She frequently writes informative content about interiors and home living and she is committed to implementing best environmental practices in her own home.
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