Optimizing the Envelope reduces the heating and cooling loads and air infiltration to a minimum. We not only create a super insulated home that is very frugal when it comes to energy consumption, resilient during extreme weather, comfortable and quiet, it also allows us to use much smaller heating and cooling equipment. By putting more emphasis and effort into the building shell, we are saving significantly on equipment, including installation of smaller duct work and piping.
Optimizing the envelope means working with the architect and the design team and applying the most effective Passivhaus features. Our goal is to create an ultra-tight building envelope with added passive solar design elements that minimize heat loss, heat gain, and infiltration, because avoided energy consumption is most cost effective. A 50% reduction over the original design is not unheard of.
During construction every team member from the general contractor to the carpenter, insulation contractor, electrician, plumber, etc. has to work toward the common goal of creating an undisturbed and perfectly sealed envelope. Quality control and supervision are important during this phase, because a disappointing blower door test requires costly rework and possibly derails the construction schedule.
A large portion of our work is education, and we will spend as much time on site as necessary to guarantee results.
Call BrightSense today to discuss.
Hans Joachim Preiss
Office: +1 720.500.5470