Certified Passive House Consulting

Passive House is a building performance standard that results in a phenomenal reduction in heating and cooling energy compared to a standard new building. Don’t let the word House mislead you (originally from the German Haus, meaning Building), it’s not just residential;  even the tallest office towers can be certified. Homesol Building Solutions continues to be on the leading edge of sustainable design with Certified Passive House Consulting.

As one of Canada’s most experienced energy modeling companies, fully trained as Certified Passive House Consultants, PHIUS+ Raters and PHIUS Certified Builders, with both European and North American CPHC qualifications, Homesol can determine exactly what you need to do to reach the Passive House standard. If you really want to achieve the highest level of energy efficiency possible for your building project, we can take you there.

Certified Passive House is rapidly gaining popularity among discerning buyers as the world’s most stringent energy performance standard for both residential and commercial buildings, with phenomenal savings of at least 75% on heating and cooling costs over current (2012) Code.

With a laser-like focus on occupant comfort, continuous high levels of insulation, elimination of thermal bridges, optimized glazing orientation and performance, and extreme air tightness, combined with super-efficient ventilation and mechanical systems, Certified Passive House construction for a single family home typically adds 5% – 10% to the first-cost of a standard Code-built home, yet the extreme energy savings means monthly cost of ownership is less than “a typical new home”! A Certified Passive House is your assurance of premium comfort and cost-effective savings.

The Passive House standard applies equally to mid-rise and high-rise residential buildings, schools, offices and other large commercial construction projects, in this case typically for less than 2% above the cost of standard construction, resulting in premium quality, better ventilation, exceptional savings and rapid return on investment.

Certified Passive House Consulting is not for novices. The tolerance for error is low, and the potential for expensive failure is high. Homesol’s building science expertise, combined with extensive hands-on experience with practical construction assemblies and techniques, ensures your success with the meticulous real-world control of heat, air and moisture your Passive House project requires.

Homesol’s team of trained Certified Passive House Consultants, with both European and North American qualifications, are able to guide you easily through Passive House design and construction with our step-by-step process, ensuring you achieve Passive House Certification for your project at the lowest possible cost.

To find out more about how Homesol will ensure your success on your Passive House project, give us a call today!

For more info, read Passive House – Active for more comfort [pdf].

Homesol’s Certified Passive House Design & Construction Consulting Process

Homesol provides Certified Passive House Consulting for residential and commercial projects throughout North America and abroad. Each stage of our process leads to the next. You can go all the way through to Passive House Certification, or just go as far as your project goals require.

Stage 1: Preliminary Consultation

Stage 2: Feasibility

Stage 3: Start-Up

Stage 4: Construction

Stage 5: Completion

Stage 6: Submission & Certification

Passive House Detailed Scope of Work (download PDF)

How Homesol Can Help

To find out more about our Certified Passive House design & construction consulting process, give us a call today!

Time for the math!

First Month Energy Savings from Passive House (75%)  $188
Monthly Extra Mortgage Payment for Passive House Upgrade $124
Net Benefit in First Month of Passive House Ownership $64 ($1.97 / day)
Total Net Benefit of Passive House Option, 15 years from Purchase Date $7,877
Total Net Benefit of Passive House, 30 years from Purchase Date $36,831

The example assumes:

  • 1% annual fuel cost escalation above inflation
  • $250 / month baseline energy costs
  • 3% mortgage w/ 20% down payment
  • 25 year amortization
  • 8% construction cost increase above Code
  • $410,000 base house cost

Results will vary based on design, weather, occupancy and fuel costs.

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