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The passive house. What is it? I need it?

In other articles we have said that ARKIHAUS houses have all the technological infrastructure to be economical to build and be energy efficient, which implies that they are ecological houses, since 80% of the carbon footprint of an average home we have seen that concentrates on electricity and domestic gas consumption.

But is this an ARKIHAUS invention? Is it a marketing promise? How are these highly desired characteristics achieved today? The answer lies in the passive house.

What is a passive house?

The passive house is a voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a habitable building, which reduces the ecological footprint of the building. It results in buildings with ultra-low energy requirements, that is, they require little energy to heat or cool spaces to make them habitable with optimal comfort. The passive house standard is not limited to residential properties; Several office buildings, schools, kindergartens and supermarkets have also been built to the standard. Passive design is not an accessory or complement to architectural design, but rather a design process that is integrated with architectural design.

The passive house is a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable, affordable and environmentally friendly at the same time. It is not a brand, but a construction concept that can be applied by anyone.

A passive house is more than a low-energy building.

ARKIHAUS Advantage model

Characteristics of a passive house?

Passive house buildings allow heating and cooling related energy savings of up to 90% compared to the typical building and more than 75% compared to average new construction. In terms of heating fuel, passive house buildings consume less than 1.5 liters per square meter of living space per year, much less than typical low-energy buildings. Similar energy savings have been shown in hot climates where buildings require more energy to cool.

Passive house buildings are also praised for their high level of comfort.

ARKIHAUS Innova model

Adequate well-insulated windows and a building frame consisting of well-insulated exterior walls, roof, and floor slab keep heat out in cold weather and out in hot weather.

A ventilation system supplies fresh air constantly for superior air quality without causing unpleasant drafts. This is for example a guarantee for low Radon levels and improves health conditions. A highly efficient heat recovery unit allows the heat contained in the exhaust air to be reused.

Large energy savings in passive house buildings are achieved through the use of especially energy-efficient building components and a quality ventilation system: there is absolutely no reduction in comfort; instead, the comfort level increases considerably.

Do I need a passive house?

The passive house has features that you need the most:

  • The PH are energy efficient, consequently the PH are economical to use.
  • The PH are very comfortable.
  • The PH ensure the health of the inhabitants, by treating the indoor air.
  • The PH are cheaper to build than traditionally built houses.

Do you want a house in Colombia with all these characteristics? For more information contact us: here.