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According to the US Energy Information Administration the Building Sector consumes nearly half (47.6%) of all the energy produced in the United States. Seventy-five percent of all the electricity produced in the United States is used solely to operate buildings. Globally these percentages are even greater.
The latest International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assesment Report confrims the nessesity for immediate and sustained action on climate change, detailing how close we are to a turning point in the earth's climate system. The underlying conclusion of the report is that the time has arrived for taking the necessary steps to preserve livable conditions on earth. As quickly as possible we must stop buring fossil fuels, aiming for a complete phase out.
One important way the we can do that is to reduce and ultimately phase out the CO2 emissions produced by the building sector by tranforming the way that building are designed and built.
Thats what we are helping to do!
Over the next twenty years, an area equal to a staggering 3.5 times the entire built environment of the U.S. will be redesigned, reshaped, and rebuilt globally. If all these buildings are designed and constructed using traditional inefficient approaches, and are powered by electricity produced by burning fossil fuels, there is no way to avoid irreparably damaging the planet’s climate.
However, if we use energy efficient design strategies, incorporate including on-site power generation from renewable sources, and have access to off-site renewables if necessary, then the building sector can become the solution to the climate change crisis.
Getting to carbon neutral for a new building or major renovation is a two-step process.
The first step is design; to integrate sustainable and passive design strategies that are low-cost or no-cost. This can get you 70-80% of the way there. For example, how you orient the building, shade the glass, incorporate daylighting and passive heating and cooling strategies, and the materials and systems you specify. These approaches dramatically reduce the energy the building requires.
The second step is to provide fossil-fuel-free energy; ideally from on-site renewables, or from accessing district or utility-scale renewable energy produced off-site.
The answer: when we reverse the carbon output of our homes, workplaces, transportation and manufacturing infrastructures. Your choice of a passive house is the first step. And, while you affect change to the outside world you’ll also impact your inside world.
Your investment in an Ecocor Passive House will make for a healthy planet and you and your family will live in a healthy inside environment.
Passive House is the fastest growing building anergy standard in Europe and it’s here in America! The Passive House concept began in the U.S during the OPEC oil embargo in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. But, interest in conservation in the United States waned as oil prices reverted back to its mean.
Yet, the Germans and Swedes continued development of Passive House design techniques, principles and metrics in the 1980’s. The first Passive House built in Darmstadt, Germany in 1990 validated the concept. According to Wikipedia, as of 2010, there were over 25,000 Passive House structures in the world with the majority in Germany, Austria and Sweden.
The excitement for building Passive House structures in North America is growing. Passive House structures make sense economically and ecologically. The Germans and Swedes proved the concept. Now, is the time for Passive House structures in North America. We invite you to be part of the movement.
Our dream is to:
Our dream becomes a reality when people choose to live in an Ecocor Passive House.
Check out our Passive House Components. Our Panelized Construction approach to passive house building is perfect for all high performance building applications.