By Nick Gilbert
Passive Homes, a new building project, will be undertaken by Mara Construction in collaboration with Net Zero Homes.
Mara Construction has partnered with Net Zero Homes on Passive Home building projects!
Passive House is an energy efficient construction that aims at reducing the consumption of energy in buildings by up to 85%. Passive Homes aim at providing improved air quality and comfort at minimal upfront cost. They will also make use of solar energy systems in order to provide homes with net-zero energy.
In comparison with conventional homes, the net-zero energy homes will use about 60% to 70% less energy and its energy requirements will be supplied by renewable technologies. A Passive Home is one that sustains itself and it is an ultra efficient building standard that is capable of saving up to 85% on space cooling and heating. The Passive Home is considered as a comfortable and leading energy efficient standard for buildings all over the world.
Passive Home is a 20-year-old concept that has been used in more than 20,000 projects that include low-income housing, multi-family units, condo developments, houses, schools and commercial properties. Energy problems experienced worldwide are provided with practical solutions by Passive Home buildings. These buildings provide healthy, peaceful and comfortable working and living spaces. Revolutionary energy efficiency is achieved through straight-forward building technologies that comprise improved building modeling. This new building project prevents the use of strange building designs and expensive gadgetry.
The Passive Home has an air-tight building and a super insulated structure. The building is heated by internal gains from people and passive solar gains obtained through doors and windows. The remaining cooling and heating requirements are fulfilled by a small split heat pump. An energy recovery system is used to provide fresh air in the building. Net-zero energy level is achieved in the Passive Home with a small solar array. All these implementations result in a net-zero energy level and comfortable home with improved air quality, reduced exterior noise, environmental friendliness and carbon neutral living.