Smart design that takes into consideration high performance building attributes such as durability, life cycle analysis and the comfort and safety of occupants, while simultaneously optimizing building systems and decreasing energy requirements. As a result, these structures reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and have a reduced impact on the environment. This is the revolution that is taking place.
Industry research shows that sustainable buildings have higher return on investment (ROI) and a faster lease-up rate. * Sustainability is becoming a key attribute for building longevity, and building sustainable, modular high-performance buildings just makes sense:
High performance buildings are gaining momentum in North America, and local jurisdictions are pushing towards stricter codes to achieve more efficient buildings and to reduce GHG. The Province of British Columbia alone has set a goal that all new buildings must reach a “net-zero energy ready” level of efficiency by 2032.
Achieving better performance is possible by incorporating strategies in the building envelope, improving airtightness, and by incorporating building materials and an efficient mechanical system that helps to reduce energy demand.
The Passive House Standard is an International building certification system that reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%.
Achieving Passive House certification involves specialized modeling and construction techniques designed to drastically reduce the energy required to maintain a consistent and comfortable building temperature.
The basic Passive House concept can be simply explained by comparing a coffee machine with a thermos. The machine requires constant energy to heat and keep coffee warm while a thermos just uses the beverage’s initial heat to keep it hot. In a Passive House building, daylight warming, warmth from indoor lighting, appliances and people occupying the space can provide most of the heat needed.