Taking on a passive home renovation can reduce your energy costs by 80 to 90%, saving homeowners tones money while lowering their carbon footprint. This process requires the expertise of professional contractors who understand the precise building techniques needed to successfully execute a passive home renovation. Designs need to be catered to the local climate. Although most passive house projects are used for new construction, it’s definitely possible to converts an existing home into an energy-saving one. And here’s how to do it!
Common Passive Techniques
A lot of insulation needs to be used when building or renovating a passive home for optimal energy-efficiency. Passive homes will need to use R-49 or R-80 grade insulation for ceilings while the walls only need an R-value of 40.
Double-glazed windows are the most common for energy-efficiency and are commonly used in standard construction. However, installing three-glazed windows will provide with you with a higher energy-efficiency rate.
It’s necessary that mechanical ventilation is used to control moisture levels and maintain a healthy air flow due to the airtight nature of passive homes. The vent systems usually contain energy-recovery systems that outgoing air will cool or heat air incoming air.
A large part of saving money on heating bills is by utilizing the sun’s rays to heat your home. Windows are properly sized and placed to take in the sun’s energy during the winter, while a well-placed roof overhang provides shade in the winter.
Converting your Home
This process requires complete commitment to the demands that come with transforming an existing home into an energy-saving one. These are typically full scale, gut job renovations that will provide you with the passive saving methods you desire.
A good candidate for a passive renovation, as you’ll only need to focus on the room and detached side of the home. There’s already heating and cooling controls thanks to the shared wall and little heat loss into the ground when the homes are built close together.
You’re able to build an airtight envelope around your individual unit, separating it from both the outdoors and the rest of the building. All you’ll need to do is pack the walls with insulation and you’re good to go.
The attic, basement and all four sides of the home heed to be considered during a passive renovation. Highly insulated with very little air leakage are key to making it energy efficient. While it’ll cost a pretty penny as the renovation progresses, it’ll be worth it in terms of future heating and cooling costs.
At Inspiration Renovations, our contractors are licensed and highly trained to accomplish whatever renovation needs you have. Located in Calgary, Alberta, we’ll take you through the entire remodelling process, be it home renovations, bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations or even a home addition. Be sure to visit our website to get your free project quote today!