Passive Homes Are The Future of the Industry

July 7, 2016

Passive Homes Are The Future of the Industry

George Jetson needed home insulation. So did Hans Solo and probably Yoda. But definitely not R2-D2. And who knows about Darth Vadar? On another futurist front, we’re pretty sure Spock needed home insulation. And Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy would have demanded additional insulation installation – for health reasons obviously and maybe to irritate (always unsuccessfully) his green-blooded Vulcan comrade.

While we at Capitol Machine, your online experts in home insulation installation, aren’t exactly entertainment aficionados of science fiction, but we do monitor industry trends to ensure our customers stay ahead of the times, which leads us to the concept of “passive homes.”

Developed by Bo Adamson of Sweden’s Lund University and Wolfgang Feist of Germany’s Institute for Housing and the Environment, passive homes are extremely energy efficient and nearly airtight. European analysts say passive homes’ energy efficiency levels can save nearly 90 percent in utility costs.

One of the best ways of increasing energy efficiency is by drastically reducing air leakage, which would be an absolute necessity aboard the Millennium Falcon or the Starship Enterprise. To obtain the passive-home designation, a structure must not leak more than .6 times the house volume per hour, according to Freshome.

There are about 20,000 passive homes in the world, and experts say the number will rise considerably as others begin recognizing its cost-saving and efficiency benefits.

As world governments increasingly establish benchmarks to reduce carbon emissions, the popularity and demand for passive homes are expected to rise significantly. And while governments tighten regulations on emissions, homeowners will seek new and innovate ways to improve the quality of insulation efficiency.

While sealing homes is paramount to reducing energy bills, ensuring homes are adequately insulated – in the first few decades of the 21st century – ranks as the highest priority.

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association states that more than 90 percent of homes in the United States are not adequately insulated.

Researchers with NAIMA say increasing insulation levels in homes and businesses would substantially reduce both utility costs and CO2 emission levels. It would also provide more uniform temperature levels in structures, eliminating fluctuations in rooms, which would increase interior comfort.

However, the problem is primarily visual. “People don’t see insulation, so they don’t think about it. They see windows and doors, so they think about those items. The reality is that insulation has a three times greater impact on the average home’s energy and comfort than windows or doors do,” said NAIMA President Curt Rich.

Rich said research and continuing developments in creating better housing point to the fact “that added insulation has real and significant benefits.”

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