Passive houses are the best option for those seeking a greener way of life. They are 90% more energy efficient than any normal home and consume less than 15 kilowatt-hours of energy for heating and cooling each year. This is achieved through design which minimises heat losses and maximises heat gains, thereby ensuring a consistent temperature throughout the entire structure. Typical characteristics of passive housing include heavy insulation, airtight construction and efficient ventilation. Some passive house homeowners also choose to go the extra mile by creating their own off-grid energy supply in the form of solar panels or wind turbines.
While these buildings cost more upfront to build, owners can still make big savings on their power bills down the line. Depending on where you live, you may also be eligible for tax rebates – thus boosting the financial incentive to go passive. What’s more, research has shown that passive houses have a number of health benefits such as reduced exposure to dust and allergens.
If you are interested in finding out more about passive design, we recommend that you take a look at this highly informative infographic guide from EZ Living Interiors which offers an easy-to-understand overview of the topic.