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Small Homes and Infill Homes
Small homes and infill homes well designed cannot only out-perform conventional style homes when it comes to energy efficiency, but they can lend to a simplified way of living with no maintenance, and a much better bang for your buck. Small homes can be designed to feel open, and not at all restrictive. Instead of spending dollars on square footage, we are able to put the money where it matters most- Design, Quality, and Energy efficiency.
Quoting an article from Sarah Susanka author of “The Not So Big House”:
When it comes to houses, bigger does not mean better:
Have you noticed that over the past couple of decades, new houses in the suburbs have been getting bigger and bigger? These structures loom large on their newly carved-out sites, staring blankly toward more of the same. Is this what home has come to mean: massive storage containers, void of personality, for people who are too busy to stop and realize that the American dream they’ve mortgaged their futures for is a hollow one? What can you do with all that space?
If my observations as a practicing residential architect are anything to go by, a lot of this space is almost never used, and inhabitants of big houses struggle to find comfort close to the kitchen, where there is some semblance of heart and hearth. Every space is so big that no matter where you go, you feel as though you are rattling around. There’s no place to settle.
The Passive House is the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction.
Energy saved in heating can be up to 85% compared to conventional building standards. These savings are reached without compromising comfort, but rather increasing it. The Passive House is economically viable through affordable construction costs with significant reductions in energy needs and carbon emissions.
In summary, Passive House is the set of performance standards, a software tool for energy modelling, and specific construction strategies. The Passive House standard is simple but not easy to achieve. Meticulous calculations and construction detailing are required to insure the high performance result.
Passive House Principles
The primary objective is to minimize heat loss by optimizing the thermal performance of the building envelope. This is accomplished with:
- Air tightness
- High performance windows
- Incorporating very high efficiency heat recovery ventilation
- Minimizing thermal bridges
The energy efficient envelope maintains the heat from passive sources, primarily solar, but also waste heat generated in the building from lights, appliances and the occupants. Building shape, site orientation, and thermal mass are also important design principles.
Passive House is Cost Effective
The key to the cost effectiveness of Passive House is increasing the building performance to the point where the conventional heating system can be eliminated from the building. The costs and space saved by reaching this objective are used to offset the increased costs of the superior building components.