Passive Design & Construction

Passive design and construction principles and certification programs are a strong first step in ensuring that homes and buildings are energy efficient, green and high performance.  By incorporating these principles and techniques, builders, developers and owners can dramatically decrease energy consumption, maximize comfort and health, and incorporate natural lighting to reduce temperature fluctuations, improve indoor air quality and decrease air leakage.  All of these features and benefits create a significantly improved living or working environment.

2019 Priorities

  1. Increasing minimum energy efficiency requirements in new construction schools and institutions in North Carolina by incorporating passive design principles and construction techniques.
  2. Improving consumer, architect, builder and developer education on practical uses for passive design and construction.  Click here for more information from NCBPA.
  3. Establishing incentives for multifamily affordable housing developers that build projects above the minimum energy efficiency standards available in the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.  NCBPA proposes to provide Qualified Allocation Plan points for unit-level verifiable energy efficiency, water efficiency and for certification and verification programs that include Passive House.
  4. Identifying rebate and incentive program opportunities for Passive House with North Carolina utility energy efficiency programs.
  5. Educating stakeholders on ASHRAE’s recent incorporation of passive design and construction principles in its standards.
  6. Identifying partnership opportunities with national and regional organizations that are interested in supporting this work.

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