High-standards for home

Kelowna is now on the map for having a home with one of the highest energy-efficient standards in the world.

The Certified Passive House is being built for a resident in East Kelowna.

There are more than 40,000 Passive House buildings around the world, and over 50 in B.C. alone.

The concept of a Passive House was created in 1991 by physicist Dr. Feist of Austria.

By using proper insulation and windows, stopping air-leaks and not allowing for thermal bridges, and inserting heat recovery ventilation, the home becomes energy-efficient.

Passive House (Passivhaus) buildings consume up to 90 percent less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings. Standards for the home include fine-tuned control over indoor air quality and temperature with simple to use and durable systems, making them extremely quiet and comfortable throughout the changing seasons.

The first Passive House building in Canada, Lost Lake PassivHaus was built for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

In Kelowna, priMe haBitat is building the first Passive House which is currently under construction. priMe haBitat was founded by Mike Banner as a full-service design-build company that takes a holistic, personalize approach to building spaces.

The public is invited to check out the Passive House on Feeny Road, on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. Sign up here.

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