WHAT IS A PASSIVE HOUSE?
Passive home building is about installing features that regulate the building’s interior temperature, without requiring active energy systems, such as heaters. Sealing the interior tight is key, features such as triple-thick walls, insulated, tightly-fitting double pane glass with reflective coating, and insulated floors. The orientation of the house itself helps as well, with windows that are shaded from the sun’s natural arc during summer months, but more exposed to sunlight during winter months. The “heart” is the heat exchanger, which sucks outside air into the house, and warms it using inside air. It’s incredibly effective: Passive houses require no central heating. Though passive homes are estimated to cost perhaps 15% more to build than regular homes, their energy costs can easily be a whopping 85% lower.
ABOUT THE PARK SLOPE (BROOKLYN) PASSIVE HOUSE PROJECT
This 4 story house was originally configured as a two-family residence with a garden-level apartment and an owner’s upper floor triplex over a simplex (3 stories over 1), including a full cellar. The dimensions of the building are 21′ x 45′ and the lot size is 21′ x 100′. The main parlor floor has 10′ 9″ ceilings.
You can view pictures of this project at our website: allrenovationllc.com.
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