Posted by: phillipsre | May 20, 2014

Passive Homes

Photo Credit: Seattle Times

Photo Credit: Seattle Times

Imagine having no electric or energy bills. This is true for one family in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle. The family helped build and design their own Passive Home.  The Seattle Times featured their story and the city’s first certified Passive Home.  The term Passive House refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. The family admits that on the colder days they run the dryer to heat up the home, but on most days it stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter because the insulation and sealing are very solid and well designed. They have also used recycled materials around their home for different features.  Although not all houses are built this way and the costs might be a little more, the energy saved has a positive impact on the environment, and not paying energy bills is a nice bonus too!   

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