Here’s an example of a difficult decision. A difficult passive house renovation decision.

Did you know you can renovate a house to the Passive House Standard? It is called “EnerPHit”. It is slightly less onerous than the Passive House Standard for new buildings.

But they make it less onerous (“they” being the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany) because it’s very hard to achieve airtightness and continuous insulation etc in a renovation.

The other week we went to Hobart to see a site which is planned to have Superpod® passive house new buildings.

But there’s a gorgeous old 50s house on the site. Would be great to renovate it.

A builder looked at it a few weeks ago and said “pull it down, it’s not sound”. I think he might have been barking up the wrong tree.

We want to reduce energy consumption, but re-using and re-cycling is often sustainable practice.

I hope we can work out a way to renovate this building and make it even better than before.

As you make your new year’s resolutions, think about getting better comfort for less energy consumption. Think about the renovation decisions you make. Think about the new building purchases you make.

Don’t leave it to the world leaders in Paris. You can make a difference to the world now!

Use Superpod®, or design your own passive house, renovate to the EnerPHit standard. What have we got to lose? Only more heatwaves, only higher temperatures than we can bear.

I say, go for it!

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