Green building is smart building. A home built to LEED certification standards is better for the homeowner and the environment. In the long run, a LEED home will deliver a lifetime of energy savings and environmental benefits.
LEED is a certified building program for homes, offices, commercial and residential spaces. Standing for leadership, energy and environmental design, it has gained popularity over the years in health and environmental sustainability.
The concept of a Passive house is based on the architectural practice of building energy-efficient homes. Passive houses need 90% less of energy to warm up, saving the owner money. This can be achieved by implementing specific design features, such as:
Appropriate insulation: Well-insulated houses won’t lose warmth, and cold temperatures will be blocked from getting in.
No air leaks: This will prevent hot air from escaping the house.
No “thermal bridges”: Less energy will be needed to warm up the house by preventing the warmth from travelling through the walls to the exterior.
Proper Windows: Passive houses are built with triple pane glass to help retain heat inside.
Proper window orientation: Maximizes the sunshine in winter and shade in summer.
Incorporation of an HRV: A Heat Recovery Ventilation device that works on providing fresh filtered air to the inside of the house without letting the hot air escape.