How Passive House Architecture Can Help
When Indoor Air Quality Matters Most
How has the current situation with Covid19 highlighted the need for better quality, healthier and greener Architecture?
How can this be achieved by Passive House Principles?
What is Passive House Design? A Certified Passive House conserves energy by creating air-tight and super insulated enclosure with superior indoor air quality that uses the sun and heat emanating from people and equipment to achieve a comfortable indoor environment.
We at Node are conscious about the architecture we produce and strive to educate our clients on all Passive House benefits. Now more than ever, it is important to maintain high health standards and create a healthy environment through these principles, while achieving it within all budgets. Because of the Corona Virus, it is MORE important now than ever to consider Passive House principles.
Reducing Airborne Bacterial Transmission
As we spend more time indoors, the necessity for superior air quality increases.
Passive House principles focus on clean air, reducing leaks, mold growth at points of condensation, and drafts.
Energy recovery ventilation systems achieve healthy indoor air quality.
When Limited, Create an Oasis
Our natural instinct for the outdoors increases as we spend more time indoors.
Principles extending to green space; updating NYC rooftops to include a green oasis
Maintaining social distancing and fueling our need for outdoors can be challenging but adjusted by implementing more Passive House ideas
Heat and Cooling
Working from Home & Increased Usage
As we transition from cool Winter months, our increased usage of HVAC systems continues
Passive House superior ventilation systems decrease the ecological footprint
Ventilation units reduce heat loss and gains, with humidity recovery to provide consistent fresh air
What is Most Important
Spending time indoors and finding ways to connect with others in different ways
Focus on simpler things, like home cooked meals and valued personal space
Social distancing while maintaining our indoor health
Energy Recovery System
Air quality is the root of Passive house principles. The individual, and constant, ventilation comes from the energy recovery system providing superior air quality and comfort.
Continuous thermal insulation reduces heat loss and gains, and ventilation units host heat humidity recovery to provide constant fresh air. The use of triple insulated air tight windows assist.
Windows & Doors
High performance triple glazed windows assist with the energy costs. Air tight entrances prevent air leakage, moisture issues, exhibit drought free construction and create excellent levels of thermal comfort.
Passive House designs limit weak points in the buildings envelope eliminating thermal bridges. Passive House makes extensive use of the power of the sun which results in ultra low energy buildings requiring little energy for space heating and cooling.