Research Brief: Affordability of Passive Houses and Zero-Energy Buildings

Passive houses and zero-energy buildings may be cheaper to build.
May 19, 2020

Developed in the 1970s, the passive house standard dramatically reduces a building’s energy consumption through elements like improved insulation, layout, and design. Zero-energy buildings, on the other hand, seek to minimize environmental impact by generating enough renewable energy to offset or even exceed the energy they consume from the grid. Contrary to past studies, CSHub researchers have found that passive houses and zero-energy buildings may, in fact, be cheaper to build than their conventional counterparts. Learn more.