Are you thinking about updating your house or building a new one? How would you feel about making your home more environmentally friendly? If it is important to you, “Passive House” design and its ability to reduce a building’s energy consumption may be what you’re looking for. Today, we are going to explore the four principles of Passive House design. But before that, if you don’t know about the concept of Passive House, you should check out my video linked below. Alright, let’s dive in, starting with a concept you may have forgotten since high school physics: thermal equilibrium. When two objects with different temperatures touch each other, they always exchange energy to reach the same temperature. A building’s interior and exterior are no exception to this rule. As a result, homes built with conventional methods require a lot of energy to battle the energy exchange and maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Passive House is intended to reduce these energy needs by: One, reducing energy exchanges between the indoor and the outdoor as much as possible, and Two, controlling the inevitable energy exchanges. To achieve this, Passive House design can be broken down into 4 principles: Thermal Control, Air Exchange Control, Moisture Control, and Radiation Control. Let’s discuss each of those in more detail.

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