Tesla electric cars may lower carbon emissions, but what about building designs?Carbon emissions are expected to be lowered with electric cars like the Tesla

We have all read some interesting articles on electric cars as part of a solution to climate change and reducing our carbon emissions.

It has been suggested that Tesla’s electric cars might not be as green as people think.

It’s a constant surprise to us that people love to latch on to the latest trend or new technology to improve lives or save the world.

New technology is important of course.

And trends can be fantastic.

But sometimes people latch on to these things in preference to doing the things we can already do based on existing technologies.  And people prefer the latest headline to things that are so fundamental that they go beyond trends.

At Superpod®, we are interested in something old school as well as being open to new technologies and keeping an eye on trends.

Our old school interest is tried and true.  It’s proven to work.  It doesn’t need a whole lot of technology to perform well in lowering our carbon output.  So it makes a lot of sense to do it in order to reduce our carbon emissions.

Except that it’s still on the fringe.  Yes, it’s plain science – physics and maths.  And yes, it can be used to lower carbon emissions by lowering our reliance on equipment that needs power.  Like heaters, coolers, or split systems.

Take a look at a page of our physics spreadsheet used for passivhaus designs here.

But, yawn, physics and maths is so old school it can be seen as boring.  Which is part of why it can remain on the edges, instead of in the mainstream.

And to build something by following rules of science might be seen as stifling creativity.  (Except for engineering rules, we tend to accept that they have to be followed.)

And physics and maths can be hard, because it’s so detailed, and meticulous, and not open to much debate.

This is the basis of passivhaus.  Or Passive House.  Or, to be exact, the International Passive House Standard.

Building physics tells us that continuous insulation makes a difference to capturing heat (just like a car retains heat on a hot day with the windows closed), and it also makes a difference to keep cooler temperatures inside (like a car, except that you need to keep it in the shade on a hot day).

Building physics tells us that sealing a container helps you control the temperatures inside it.  And controlling your ventilation is better than leaks.

There’s more, which you can see on the International Passive House Websites, or our site right here.

If you want your next building to be designed using science, you might find it exciting.  And reducing your carbon emissions can also go hand in hand with comfort and health.  Now that’s really cool.  Innovative.  Disruptive.  Go for it!