What is a Certified Passive House?
The Passive House Standard is the highest level of energy efficiency that a building can achieve. Higher than LEED platinum and much higher than Energy Star. The Passive House Institute U.S. is an independent, not for profit third party organization that oversees the rigorous certification process.
At Brach Design, we use smart design to create buildings that capture and store energy in the winter, and block out heat energy in the summer. We accomplish this by employing passive design strategies to the greatest extent possible. These solutions utilize very low-tech building elements to keep the inside of a building comfortable—warm in winter and cool in summer. This allows us to help clients drastically reduce the energy demand to a point where a relatively small renewable energy system can be added to bring energy consumption effectively to zero.
That's Great, But Why Do I Need It?
- You care about the air you breathe (see right).
- You want to save money on utility bills.
- You want to do your part to help the environment.
- You want a well-built and well-designed house.
- You want to be smart.
Breathe Clean Air
We know the air quality that we breathe is critical to good health. Unfortunately, Salt Lake City has a real problem with particulate buildup during inversions. Passive House can help on this front. By building an air tight home and filtering particulates from the incoming air, you guarantee that all the air you and your loved ones breathe at home will be clean and healthy ... inversion or not.