A passive house is an example of an industry shift toward healthier homes that garner appeal without breaking the bank.
Detroit-based Phoenix Haus is a certified passive house builder and manufacturer with a focus on improved thermal performance, energy conservation and indoor air quality (IAQ). In fact, the company is so innovative that it built the first ever certified Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) residence in Michigan.
“We’ve found that a lot of folks simply aren’t aware that this type of building methodology exists. Their first question is always, ‘Why haven’t we always done it like this?’” says Kate McDonald, project manager at Phoenix Haus.
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What is a Passive House?
Passive house principles require that the home’s design combine superior insulation, airtightness, a balanced heat and moisture recovery system and solar gain orientation.
“This growing standard of building translates into a home that maintains a comfortable indoor temperature of 68-degrees, 365 days a year, with minimal energy use,” says McDonald.
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