The first Pender Island Passive House! The plans are done and we have our building permit. The framing is now mostly complete, so the next step is roofing and windows. This is a very difficult lot for a Passive House but we did it. The house faces west/north west with a wall of trees to the south so the energy balance is tricky. When planning windows in a Passive House, we balance the solar gains to utilise the free energy from the sun while minimising the risk of overheating.
Occupants of a Passive House enjoy optimum comfort, excellent indoor air quality and also use up to 90% less energy for space heating. One of the most important aspects of a Passive House is that it does not require the occupants to change the way they live. Furthermore there are no complicated mechanical systems or computer controls. Just enjoy your comfortable, draft free, healthy home. Watch this space for updates!