Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A comfortable house with no heating or AC

Europe has been pursuing a building method called passivhaus or passive house. This is not the same as passive solar design but related. I've been in commercial buildings that required no furnace to heat them...in Germany and Switzerland! The structure is so energy efficient, just the heat from people and appliances was enough to make the space comfortable.

Imagine all the money you'd save! You take the money you would have spent on HVAC systems and put it into insulation and triple glazed windows. Then you never have to pay a heating or cooling bill, never have to have the units serviced.

Watch this 90 second video that explains the method.

https://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/whats-passive-house-heres-good-simple-explanation.html

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