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Are Passive Houses the Key to Your Energy-Efficient Dream Home?

In the realm of architecture and renovations, passive houses are emerging as the zenith of sustainable residential design, marking a significant turning point toward energy efficiency and environmental comfort. Also known as 'Passivhaus', these constructions are based on five basic principles that ensure minimal energy use for heating and cooling, requiring up to 90% less energy than traditional homes. This translates into significant economic savings and reduced

environmental impact, making passive houses the preferred choice for homeowners and builders aware of our planet's future.


Defining features of passive houses include superior thermal insulation, the elimination of thermal bridges that allow heat loss, high-performance windows and doors to maintain airtightness, and a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery that ensures optimal indoor air quality without unnecessary energy losses.

In addition to energy efficiency and comfort, passive houses also offer improved indoor air quality, which is especially beneficial for people with allergies or respiratory problems. From an economic standpoint, although the initial investment may be higher due to the need for high-quality materials and precise construction techniques, it is offset over time through significant savings in energy costs and an increase in the property's resale value.

In Spain, the movement towards passive houses is on the rise. Notable examples include Casa Vona in Valencia, a model of wood structure and recycled materials, and the Camarzana de Tera Elderly Residence in Castile and León, which stands out for its design aimed at maximizing the use of sunlight and ventilation.

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Energy efficiency graph

The advancement towards sustainability in construction is being stimulated by the growing interest in passive houses globally, and as technology advances and costs decrease, these homes are expected to become even more accessible and popular

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