by Alex Francis

Virginia Dental Office Paves the Way for an Energy-Efficient Future

Passivhaus Dental Practice

The first dental office in the world to comply with the Passivhaus standard has been built, and it is right here in the United States. The new building is in Roanoke, Virginia and is expected to save its owners $400,000 over 20 years. Its design and building was overseen by a local company called Structures Design Build, whose co-founder is a “Certified Passivhaus Designer.”

What is the Passivhaus Standard?

The Passivhaus (“passive house”) standard was developed in Germany in the 1990s by two professors. A building that complies with the standard is defined as one “for which thermal comfort can be achieved solely by post-heating or post-cooling of the fresh air mass, which is required to achieve sufficient indoor air quality conditions – without the need for additional recirculation of air.”

In other words, the Passivhaus standard emphasizes the use of minimal energy in heating and cooling a building. Such buildings have a minimal carbon footprint, reducing emissions by more than 70% when compared to other new buildings.

For more information about the Passivhaus standard, visit their website.

About the Roanoke Dental Office

The world’s first Passivhaus-standard-compliant dental office is 5,050 square feet and includes energy-saving features such as triple-pane, airtight windows, 92% energy-efficient heating, a passive geo thermal ground loop, and a ventilation system that brings in fresh air without any recirculation, resulting in fresher and healthier interior air.

As for the advantages of having a Passivhaus dental office, one of the resident practitioners explained, “The atmosphere just feels better, healthier; and that’s important for our staff and patients.”

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