The early adopters of Passive House here in the US are primarily applying it to custom single family residences. However, with larger glazing areas, more internal heat gains and potentially more solar heat gain, non-residential buildings have the opportunity to achieve the Standards’ requirements with lower first cost premiums than residential construction. Passive Conditioned Buildings can significantly reduce operational costs for the lifetime of a building without increased maintenance, something any building owner can appreciate regardless of occupancy type.
James Jenkins, LEED AP BD&C, and Homes, CSBA and Certified Passive House Consultant, acts as Project Manager at O'Brien & Company, a green building consultancy founded in 1991. His work portfolio at the firm includes consulting on all types of sustainable structures, both non-residential and residential structures. Also see James' previous posting entitled "Isn't Passive House a Bit of Overkill?" (It isn't, James explains why.)
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