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Passive House - Riding on the Crest of a Wave
Article written by Angela Lai - Fall 2017

We may all have heard of Passive House; however, a clear understanding of what it really means may not be apparent. A few things to note are that Passive House is not new, with the concept of  ‘superinsulation’ dating back to the energy crisis of the 1970s, and it does not relate only to houses, but also encompasses  a wide category of building types including commercial offices and schools.

So, what is the function of Passive House? The term and standard evolved from Europe, in particular from Germany, and is presently a voluntary standard, i.e., not yet promulgated by law or by any building codes. The standard will tremendously reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling. 

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