The Passive House concept represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating and cooling energy consumption by an average of 80% - 90%.
A Passive House is a super insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, and by passive solar gains through windows and doors. Any remaining heating and cooling demand is provided by an extremely small mini split heat pump. Fresh air is provided by an ERV (energy recovery ventilator) system. ERVs provide fresh air while recovering the exiting conditioned air at approximately 85% efficiency. With the addition of a properly sized small solar array the home can easily reach the level of Net Zero. The end result is a comfortable, energy bill free building that has excellent indoor air quality.
Over the last 10 years more than 16,000 passive home buildings have been built in Germany and Austria. The 16,000 buildings include single and multifamily residences, schools, factories, and office buildings. A great number of these have been extensively monitored to verify their performance. To date only 16 passive homes have been built in the US.
411 Energy Services LLC is building the first passive home in NJ. We are also speaking with several home owners that are interested in the concept. If you are building a new home or getting ready to perform a complete renovation I highly recommend setting up a consultation with us.
If you are interested in learning more about passive homes feel free to call us at 201-735-7600.