Can You Live in a Passive Home?

I recently read an article on Treehugger about the successful completion of a passive house in the south. A passive house you say? What the heck is that?

Passive homes are built without a furnace. They rely on insulation and sunshine to keep it toasty and warm. In the summer they keep cool with a mini air conditioning system and an energy recovery ventilator.

Though you’ll reap benefits in no fuel bills, there are some concerns.

Air quality is among the biggest problems. Since the homes are so well insulated, fresh air will have to be brought in often. Perhaps only a mild concern considering how much will be saved in heating and cooling costs.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.