Feel good in your space without constantly adjusting the thermostat. Burkholder Design Collaborative incorporates Passive House design strategies that make buildings that are comfortable by design: quiet, draft free, and evenly warm. Unlike conventional buildings that rely heavily on the mechanical equipment, Passive buildings deliver comfort through their very construction. Superinsulation and airtight construction means you’re always comfortable, no matter the weather outside. It’s in the details!
Remember the old saying, “buildings need to breathe”? Turns out buildings don’t need to breathe, people do. The old way of building assemblies with lots of air leaks, clad them well, put on a good roof, and blast the building with heat through the winter and let them dry out in the summer wasted a lot of energy, was uncomfortable, and led to poor indoor air quality. It also created a moist environment for rot to form. Burkholder Design Collaborative buildings are designed to last through many generations. Thanks to robust building exteriors and lack of condensation-causing thermal bridges, Passive House buildings are more durable and requires less maintenance than conventional buildings.
No other approach to building energy efficiency produces the dramatic energy savings that the Passive House approach does. These savings are great for building occupants and their energy budgets, and extremely helpful for an energy grid that is transitioning to more intermittent clean energy. Passive buildings routinely achieve 90% reductions in heating energy use compared to conventional buildings, and similar reductions in cooling energy. When combined with day lighting, heat pumps for HVAC and domestic hot water, and superefficient appliances and fixtures, total energy use in high performance buildings can readily hit 75% less than that of conventional buildings.