Cutting Costs and Saving the Planet: The Magic of Passive Homes
Perway Construction Services
February 28, 2023
Would you like to reduce your energy bills and have a better impact on the environment and still have a more comfortable and healthy living environment? Passive homes are a smart choice for those who want to invest in a sustainable and energy-efficient home.
Passive homes, also known as passive solar homes, are a sustainable building concept that has been gaining popularity in recent years due to their energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprint. Here in Perth, where hot summers and cold winters can make heating and cooling a home challenging, passive homes offer numerous benefits for homeowners and the environment.
The primary advantage of a passive home is its energy efficiency. Passive homes are designed to maximize natural heating and cooling from the sun, air, and ground, reducing the need for artificial heating and cooling systems. This translates into lower energy bills for homeowners and a reduced carbon footprint for the environment. The energy savings can be significant, with some passive homes using up to 90% less energy than conventional homes.
Passive homes are also designed to maximize natural light and ventilation, creating a more comfortable and healthy living environment for homeowners. Natural light has the benefits of improving mood and productivity, while fresh air reduces the risk of respiratory problems and allergies.
In addition, passive homes are built to be highly insulated, with minimal air leakage, which means they stay warm in winter and cool in summer. This reduces the need for heating and cooling systems and results in a more comfortable living environment. Furthermore, passive homes can be constructed using sustainable materials, such as locally sourced timber and recycled materials, which further reduces their carbon footprint. Check out some of the materials in the Picture 1.
Finally, passive homes can be a smart investment for homeowners in Perth. They have been shown to retain their value over time, and with the increasing focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, they are likely to become more desirable in the future.
Check out a the photos from a custom home renovation that the Perway team carried out using passive principles.
The homeowner in this renovation will be able to avail of numerous benefits due to the environment in Perth. From reduced energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint to a more comfortable and healthy living environment, passive homes are a smart choice for those looking to invest in a sustainable and energy-efficient home.
Andy is the Director and Registered Builder for Perway Construction Services. He commenced his career in the construction industry almost 20 years ago as a Carpenter. He offers clients his specialized advice and knowledge on their project, what’s best for their long term return on investment and how to achieve their home renovation dreams. He leads his team of tradespeople to complete successful, quality home renovations.