Home renovations blog: Could a passive home be right for you?

By the resi financial blog team, 09 May 2014

What is a passive home

With sustainability becoming a huge driving force behind a lot of people's property decisions, it's only natural that one of the biggest trends in 2014 is that of the passive house. These types of homes are designed to help reduce the carbon footprint of the those living inside it while emphasising comfort throughout. 

What is a passive house?

The main goal behind a passive house is to reduce the heating costs down to a bare minimum while maintaining the highest level of comfort possible. These efficient homes can save up to 90 per cent of your heating cost. One of the ways these homes achieve this is by minimising the air leakage from the building. 

In fact, for a home to be considered passive, it must not leak more air than 0.6 times the houses volume per hour. To achieve this, the homes implement the latest technology for insulation, tripled-glazed windows, sophisticated ventilation and limited thermal bridging. Basically, the home is kept warm from the passive energy given off by electrical devices, solar power and people. 

What is the point of the trend?

Just like most sustainability fads, creating a passive home is about cutting down our carbon emissions and working towards repairing the damage done to the Earth without causing more in the process. 

Furthermore, because these properties won't allow heat to escape in conventional methods, they're also more likely to be energy efficient, simply because the need for a heater or air pump won't be necessary. This can help save a large amount of money in the long term - especially during the cooler winter months. 

When considering home renovations in the future, give some thought to the potential of turning your home into a passive property. 

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