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The Passive House concept in a nutshell

Still not entirely sure about the elements of a Passive House? If you have just 90 seconds to spare, the following is a brilliant and easily digested overview of the Passive House concept:

Passive House Explained in 90 Seconds from Hans-Jörn Eich on Vimeo.

The video was made by Hans-Jörn Eich, a certified Passive House Consultant (Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany) and the founder of Pinwheel.

Pinwheel is a PassiveHouse building supply company located in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. EkoBuilt used Pinwheel to supply Agepan fiberboard sheathing and the Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) by Zehnder America.

You might be surprised to learn that Passive House materials are readily available in Ontario and across Canada, yet another factor in making Passive House easier to realize and more affordable to build than you might think. Find out more from EkoBuilt.

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Passive House can be simple & affordable


The EkoBuilt Model PassiveHouse just west of Ottawa

The PassiveHouse standard is known for creating homes with an extremely small energy footprint, but did you know that it can be done simply, and even affordably?

PASSIVE HOUSE CAN BE SIMPLE – This state of the art low-energy home building style is actually based on simple technology. Smart design, abundant insulation, air-tight and vapor-tight constriction techniques, a 92% efficient air-exchange unit, a 10,000 BTU air-to-air source heat pump, and that’s pretty much it.

PASSIVE HOUSE CAN BE AFFORDABLE – A minimalist approach to design makes this possible. Minimizing exterior wall and roof area keeps material costs down. A simple roof line allows for speedy construction, saving on installation costs and keeping maintenance at a minimum.

Learn more about how building a Passive House might be simpler and more affordable than you think, right here.

See it in action at the EkoModel Passive House build just west of Ottawa. Contact us to find out more and to arrange a visit.

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Ottawa Passive House options expand with the EkoModel Home

Residents of the National Capital Region interested in exploring the PassiveHouse concept now have a unique opportunity to see the model first hand.

EkoBuilt launched its line of PassiveHouse plans and material kits in 2015, creating the first affordable kit for homeowners. In 2016 EkoBuilt is demonstrating the build of one of these kits in McNab-Braeside, just west of Ottawa.

Ottawa passive house designSituated on a 10-acre property with rolling hills, the EkoModel home is available for visits by appointment. We will also be blogging about the construction process and key features of this passive house build during 2016.

We’re excited to demonstrate the power of the PassiveHouse model, which requires no furnace or boiler, even in the extreme cold of an Eastern Ontario winter.

Did you know that passive houses allow for energy savings related to space heating and cooling of up to 90% when compared with typical building stock, and over 75% in comparison to average new home builds?

We hope that anyone interested in the concept will visit and feel free to ask questions. Find out more about how affordable the PassiveHouse model can be. Contact us today.