Passive House is a performance-based building certification that focuses on the dramatic reduction of energy use for space heating and cooling. It is a set of metrics for energy performance, a certification that can be achieved, and a philosophy for how to design & construct better buildings. Through Passive House, we can deliver a high level of energy savings and carbon reduction for all building types while providing a healthier and more comfortable space to live and work.

A Passive House can be any building –  a school, an apartment building, a new residential home or a historical renovation, even an large office skyscraper. Through a thoughtful and integrated design process and a detail oriented approach to construction that prioritizes a well insulated and air-sealed envelope, natural light and solar gain, and highly-efficient HVAC systems, we can create buildings that use over 90% less energy for space conditioning and over 60% less energy overall.

Passive House buildings achieve:

  • Drastically lower energy use and operational cost savings
  • Healthy air quality from ventilation systems
  • Consistent and comfortable room temperatures without air drafts
  • Increased natural lighting and quieter acoustic conditions
  • A more resilient and comfortable building

On top of all of this, the lower energy demand of Passive House buildings means that the limited energy they do need can be easily provided by solar power, creating a pathway to a net-zero or net-positive building.

To read more about the metrics and certifications that make up the Passive House building standards, please refer to the Passive House Institute U.S. and the Passive House Institute.

To watch recorded videos and webinars from Passive House Massachusetts, visit our video library.