What are Passivhaus homes?

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Passivhaus homes, or “passive houses,” are not just constructions; they are the realization of a vision that places well-being and the environment on the same level of importance. Society is now becoming more aware of the importance of reducing the ecological footprint and promoting sustainable practices.

How do Passivhaus homes work?

A Passivhaus operates as an efficient closed system, which takes advantage of natural resources and minimizes energy consumption while maintaining unparalleled interior comfort. The essence of its operation lies in five fundamental principles: superior thermal insulation, high-quality windows with triple glazing, air tightness, minimal thermal bridges, and controlled mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.

At Alejandro Giménez Architects, we understand that the design of a Passivhaus starts with its orientation; passive solar gain is prioritized for smart heating management. In winter, the sun heats the spaces through the windows, and thermal insulation keeps that heat inside. During the summer, designed shading and strategic ventilation keep the house cool, eliminating the need for air conditioning.

Fresh air is another important part of Passivhaus homes. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery ensures a constant supply of fresh and clean air, with an air exchange that preserves temperature without losing energy. This system is a true revolution in terms of indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

The benefits of this type of construction

The benefits of Passivhaus homes go far beyond energy savings. These benefits range from environmental comfort to the health of the inhabitants, as well as the reduction of environmental impact.

The first and most notable benefit is energy efficiency. Passive houses consume up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling compared to traditional constructions. This saving translates into a significant reduction in energy bills over time, making the initial investment in such a construction economically viable in the long term.

Comfort is another benefit. Temperatures are maintained consistently without the typical fluctuations of conventional houses. The elimination of cold drafts and hot spots ensures a comfortable environment in any season of the year. Moreover, the ventilation system provides fresh air without the noise and pollutants from outside, an aspect that our clients at Alejandro Giménez Architects value immensely.

The health of the house’s inhabitants improves significantly due to the quality of indoor air. Mechanical ventilation filters the outside air, eliminating pollen, dust, and other pollutants, a fundamental aspect for people with allergies or respiratory problems.

Finally, the reduced environmental impact is a key benefit. By drastically lowering energy demand, Passivhaus homes contribute to the fight against climate change. Using less energy means burning fewer fossil fuels and emitting fewer greenhouse gases, aligning perfectly with our sustainability mission at Alejandro Giménez Architects.

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Alejandro Giménez Architectural Studio: experts in Passivhaus homes

Building Passivhaus homes is a commitment to a more sustainable future. We invite our clients to explore the world of Passivhaus homes and discover how, together, we can build a sustainable home. With each Passivhaus project, we are not just designing homes, but we are also forging a future where living well means living in harmony with the planet. At Alejandro Giménez Architectural Studio, we don’t build houses for today; we build homes for always.

 

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