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Alberta site of Passive House residential real estate pilot

The Passive House is being tested in the Calgary area. A residential real estate project, the Passive House was developed in Germany and is essentially a house out of a box. The Alberta pilot project aims to provide education regarding construction methods to trade suppliers. A Passive House apparently used 90 percent less energy than new builds since it utilizes sun and shade efficiently as heat sources for cooking and heat recovery.

In fact, the house is so efficient it doesn't need a standard heating system. The pilot house doesn't have a furnace, and fresh air is supplied through a ventilation system. The home is air tight so a heat recovery system reuses heat already in the exhaust system. The Passive Home is being touted as the greenest home in Alberta to date.

When the home is complete, it will be used to demonstrate all these efficiencies before being sold. The only downfall so far is that the supplies needed to outfit the home aren't readily available in Canada and so are expensive -- things like heat recovery ventilation windows. However, manufacturers believe materials will be more easily accessible in the future. Those in the construction industry say that there are millions of square feet of Passive House builds in the works in Canada, and the opportunity is huge for suppliers.

Residential real estate builds continue to evolve in the country, and Alberta is no exception. Prospective real estate deals need the careful eye of an Alberta lawyer seasoned in real estate law. A lawyer can guide both purchasers and sellers in making the best decisions regarding the legalities of the real estate industry.

Source:, "Passive House in a box", Sharon Crowther, Sept. 8, 2017

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