It’s passive house buying season! Did you know there was such a thing? Well there is! And it’s now.
Purchasing a home is among the most important decisions you will make in your life, so you want to make it count. And if you want to pair green jobs with an eco-friendly home, the new trend of passive housing has emerged. But what is it exactly? Let’s dig in.
A “passive home” is an economical and eco-friendly option that is designed to require minimal heating and cooling, which can help to majorly cut down on your energy bills. They’re relatively new in the U.S., but are getting more popular in the real estate marketplace as buyers want to get more sustainable.
Passive homes have superior exterior insulation to contain heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. They are essentially airtight, and even take advantage of sunlight in winter and shade in the summer. In order to officially be classified as a passive home, a home must be certified by the International Passive House Association to consumer 86% less energy for heating and 46% less for cooling needs compared to other buildings in their same climate.
Seeing those dramatic percentages helps you understand how much a passive home could end up saving you on energy bills. It also might lead you to believe that they are expensive to build, and, well, you’d be right. A passive home costs on average 10 to 15% more in upfront costs, but with that kind of energy savings, you would be able to quickly recoup the extra overhead.
Beyond energy savings, a passive home also helps to filter out allergens and pollution, removing stale air and bringing fresh air in. Some even believe this helps them sleep, and makes the home smell better.
Coupled with green jobs, a passive home may be a great way for you to make your mark on the environment, cutting costs while reducing your carbon footprint. Ask your real estate agent about them if you’re looking for a new home this buying season!
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