What is a Passive House?

Buildings that meet the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) standard use 80% less energy than equivalent conventional buildings and provide superior air quality and comfort. Signature features often include thick outside walls and roofs, highly insulated windows and frames, and a south-facing orientation. The ventilation system pulls in fresh outdoor air and pushes out stale indoor air, but not before it’s used to heat or cool the incoming air to the same temperature. The goal is a building that creates as much energy as it consumes.

Lord Contractors is one of only a handful of PHIUS Certified Builders in the Mid-Atlantic region. During the certification process we underwent extensive training in passive house principles, craftsmanship, and techniques, and learned how to navigate challenges specific to North America’s climate and market conditions.

What is a Passive House?

Buildings that meet the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) standard use 80% less energy than equivalent conventional buildings and provide superior air quality and comfort. Signature features often include thick outside walls and roofs, highly insulated windows and frames, and a south-facing orientation. The ventilation system pulls in fresh outdoor air and pushes out stale indoor air, but not before it’s used to heat or cool the incoming air to the same temperature. The goal is a building that creates as much energy as it consumes.

Lord Contractors is one of only a handful of PHIUS Certified Builders in the Mid-Atlantic region. During the certification process we underwent extensive training in passive house principles, craftsmanship, and techniques, and learned how to navigate challenges specific to North America’s climate and market conditions.

Sounds Great, But Where Do You Start?

When you think of your dream home, you imagine a comfortable, modern house with no cold drafts, no temperature variations from room to room, and, best of all, virtually no heating and cooling bills. It might sound too good to be true, but these cozy conditions are the norm for people who live in passive, green, and net zero homes.

The first step toward realizing your dream is to assemble the right professionals to help you. Lord Contractors specializes in construction methods and techniques essential in building high-performance, energy-efficient, comfortable, and environmentally conscious homes that consume less energy. We can build your sustainable dream home from the ground up or consult with your architect on sustainable building materials and construction techniques.

Sounds Great, But Where Do You Start?

When you think of your dream home, you imagine a comfortable, modern house with no cold drafts, no temperature variations from room to room, and, best of all, virtually no heating and cooling bills. It might sound too good to be true, but these cozy conditions are the norm for people who live in passive, green, and net zero homes.

The first step toward realizing your dream is to assemble the right professionals to help you. Lord Contractors specializes in construction methods and techniques essential in building high-performance, energy-efficient, comfortable, and environmentally conscious homes that consume less energy. We can build your sustainable dream home from the ground up or consult with your architect on sustainable building materials and construction techniques.

How it all works

A passive house comprises five basic elements: continuous super insulation, airtight construction, high-performance windows and doors, balanced ventilation, and a minimal space conditioning system. These details optimize gains and losses of energy to provide incredible indoor air quality and a consistently comfortable living space, regardless of weather conditions.

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