How Passive Houses Can Help the Environment
Passive houses are still very niche. There are currently over 60,000 passive houses in the world with 20,000 of those based in Germany. This infographic from Half Price takes you through the growth of passive houses and looks to clear up some myths that may stop people from looking to build a passive house. For example, many people point to the fact that the walls are a bit thicker, and while this is true, passive houses allow you to sit by windows and sliding doors all through winter. In a regular house, these areas are often avoided during winter as they’re too cold.
At present, passive houses are still more expensive but prices are coming down all the time. For example, they are around 8% more expensive in Germany but do check with local authorities in your area about if they offer support to people who want to build passive houses.
Of course, the savings from lower energy bills will add up over time but it’s understandable why people aren’t willing to pay more for them as present. Hopefully at some point in the very near future, the prices will be more in line with what we can afford. Find out more in the infographic