Passive House

Passive House

Open House April 1st, 2007 from 10a-3pm

340 Quaker Meeting House Rd

Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

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“Comfort without the Gizmos”

Welcome to the exciting world of Passive House* Design! We hope you enjoy this introduction and hope it makes you hungry to learn even more about the principles and many benefits of the Passive House Approach

 Comfort and Health

In Traditional Design, an engineer “adds on” the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems after the architect has otherwise “finished” designing a building.

Passive House Design is fundamentally different.

Early in the design phase, the Passive House Designer determines “how well must we build the house to ensure Health and Comfort without adding conventional heating and cooling systems.” In this way, Health and Comfort are literally designed into the building components.


Passive House  is new and different, which has led some to believe it is complicated. And while a Passive House Designer may have to do some fancy calculations, the approach is elegantly simple. Much as an insulated Thermos “passively” keeps its contents hot or cold, a Passive House is built to keep the heat in in winter – out in the summer.

The most difficult part about Passive House Design may simply be believing that it is possible. Rest assured that since the first example built in Germany in 1990, tens of thousands of successful Passive House buildings have been built around the world.


Choices such as kitchen cabinetry and countertops or siding materials likely have a bigger impact on initial cost than the upgrades associated with Passive House. And the upgrades can be offset by reductions in heating and cooling equipment costs. Dramatically lower utility bills often outweigh any added mortgage expense. Indeed, the cost of ownership may be lower for a Passive House starting the first month.  And if (when?) utility rates go up, your savings actually increase!


Passive House does not dictate a particular style or construction method leaving folks to be very creative in their designs. Passive House  is increasingly being used in retrofits and for non-residential buildings such as schools, office buildings, manufacturing plants and hotels.

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