We feel it is important to talk about how the Passive House projects (or any building) is performing energy-wise so that we can improve upon it and share information so that ours and others future projects can be improved.

Why energy performance is important:

This is a Brooklyn rowhouse constructed in 1899 and retrofitted to the Passive House standard- the strictest energy standard in the world. Energy monitoring this home allows us to record the building's energy consumption over time. Monitoring systems can measure total energy consumption and consumption by end use (heating, cooling, lighting, hot water, appliances, etc).

This monitoring serves several key benefits:

-Allows the occupants to understand how their behavior directly influences energy consumption. -Serves as a diagnostic tool if the energy use is higher than predicted. -Allows architects, engineers, builders, and owners to understand how their designs are performing. The data provides a clear picture of what is and isn't working and helps strategize for energy-efficiency improvements on future projects.

Credits: FNA/Julie Torres Moskovitz and Zero Energy Design plus graphic designers WSDIA.

excerpt from Appendix of Julie Torres Moskovitz' book The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design (Princeton Architectural Press 2013).

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