Passive house: architecture, inspiration & pictures

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Passive houses are constructions that aim to reduce the consumption of heating or cooling (in the Philippines, it is, of course, more of the latter) energy by 75% to 90%, reducing their ecological footprint as a result. Passive houses are not limited only to projects such as a house, but to a whole range of different types of buildings, such as schools, supermarkets, nurseries, and new buildings. This is a term that refers to a type of design integrated with the original architectural design. Although more popular in central Europe, the concept is fast-becoming a popular concept in Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines, especially with luxury homes, like villas.

How much does a passive house cost in the Philippines?

Due to the careful planning needed to build a passive house, they are often pricier than usual construction projects. If you decide to build one in the Philippines, the different should be about 5% of the total value of the work. But, despite the additional cost to the total amount, the homeowners still save money in the end since electric bills end up lower when a home is built in a sustainable and smart way. Many architects and experts predict that this type of home is the home of the future and prices tend to lower even more, representing the best pocket and the environment solution for those who are interested in buying their own home.

How does a passive house actually work?

Some characteristics are fundamental for the construction of this type of home within the pre-established objectives, such as excellent thermal insulation, absence of axes and corners that produce unwanted energy losses or gains, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery in the case of constructions in geographies, impeding drafts, and excessive regeneration of it. The passive house also takes advantage of solar energy and prioritizes the elimination of thermal bridges. This means that the installation of windows and doors is carried out in an intelligent manner, oriented to the best use of natural lighting to avoid leakage of heat or in, this case, cold.

What are the advantages of living in a passive house?

There are numerous advantages in living in this type of modern house. Aside from the fact that you are helping the environment by lessening you and your family’s carbon footprint, comfort and convenience are also achieved. Living in such a home means that the temperature will be the same throughout the year (slightly lower than usual, which is probably between 29 and 30 degrees celsius, depending on how good the planning of the project is), CO2 emissions are quite low and air humidity is also always controlled, ideal aspects to maintain the health and wellness of your entire family. At the same time, because of reduced energy consumption, you are also able to save a lot of money from your monthly bills.

How do I find the right supplier for my passive-cooling house project?

Here at homify, you can find professionals in architecture, design, and interior design from every corner of the world. Our platform is present in over 30 countries, including the Philippines, and there are thousands of notable companies and professionals who are part of our network. Interested in building your very own home? Create an account on our platform and have the opportunity to contact professionals for budget quotes and free advice!

Where can I get inspiration for my project?

In addition to connecting with architects and interior designers from the Philippines and the world who understand exactly the needs and desires of their clients, you can even browse one of the largest collections of images of the theme within our website. You will find many inspirations, not only of passive houses, but of other incredible national projects such as adobe houses and other affordable and nature-friendly constructions as well. Or maybe you fall in love with bathroom and kitchen remodeling, discovering new materials that will make the dream of a beautiful, modern and renovated home finally possible to be realized. There are hundreds of thousands of ecological, cheap and sustainable home images to inspire you on the next project!