Climate change is a big issue in the world today. This is not surprising, since it has a lot of effects throughout the world. These impacts are so numerous that scientists categorized them into three. The Environmental Defense Fund lists the categories: weather extremes and erratic climate conditions, alteration on habitats and ecosystems, and risk to human society and health.
In various states, the government, private organizations, and individuals are implementing their own initiatives on how to reduce the impact of climate change. Duluth, MN is an example of a community that can be considered well-positioned in facing climate change. For example, the Duluth News Tribune reported that Minnesota is on target in reducing carbon pollution. The state has been monitoring carbon pollution for years and won’t have a big problem complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.
Private companies in Duluth are also taking part in protecting the environment. Home builders, like Lakeside Advanced Builders, are encouraging the building of passive houses.
What Is a Passive House?
A Passive House is a house built according to rigorous standards for energy efficiency so that the house has the lowest possible ecological footprint. The result is a building with a small energy requirement, particularly in heating and cooling. It should be noted that the designed standards are not exclusive for residential buildings.
The primary good thing about a passive house is its contribution to the preservation of the environment. One building built to passive house standards won’t stop climate change, but even if a small percentage of buildings in the U.S. are built in this standard, the overall energy savings in the country would be significant.
Passive houses also provide a lot of advantages not only on a nationwide scale but also at a personal level. The most obvious is saving on utility bills. Buildings of this design do not need traditional heating systems. The design allows the building to remain at comfortable temperatures even in places with challenging climates. Indoor air quality, safety, and longevity are built in. These are homes built to last for centuries and designed to be remodeled in that time.
So, if you’re having a new home built for you, you might want to consider a passive house design. Go to builders offering this design to know more advantages and details about it.
Climate change impacts, EDF
Our View: Emission rules: Minnesota on target to reduce carbon pollution, Duluth News Tribune, Jul. 31, 2015