Of course, the location is important. Location, location, location. Right? Living close to the beach, to the city or within a certain school zone can come with a hefty price tag.
But what else?
Nowadays many people want things like a butler’s pantry, a rumpus, an outdoor living area, alfresco and potentially even a home theatre or a pool. There are things heaps of people must have and they don’t flinch, or at least only a little to spend money on those features.
Same goes for a beautiful kitchen. Ultimately the kitchen is the heart of your home, right?
For me, growing up in Germany and experiencing thermal comfort from the get go, this is also a non-negotiable feature for me. And I am more than willing to pay for this important aspect of my home. I rather spend more money on the windows than on the kitchen. I scratch the double garage and have a carport instead, so that I can put more money toward my passive house features.
But I know, most people think differently. And the thought of ‘wasting’ say an additional $20,000 or even $50,000 on features to make the home more energy efficient seems impossible and not affordable. Most people don’t see the value in this. And ‘just’ saving on your monthly bills is not enough incentive.
On the other hand, paying an access of over $50,000 on a high-end kitchen, adding in a 5th bedroom for resale purposes, or spending $50,000 on a pool is no problem (for some at least).
But what if I told you that living in a passive house, which can be considered the optimum energy efficient house you can get, can also have a huge impact on your health and the health of your family?
So many families and sadly often young children struggle with asthma and other respiratory diseases, allergies, or skin problems. And all parents do whatever it takes to ease their kids pain, often spending a fortune on health treatments and doctor visits.
As a child I had lots of visits to the doctor to manage my asthma and all the countless allergies. And being a mum now myself, I would do almost everything to spare my kids from what I had to go through.
And now there is actually a relatively simple way that can hugely improve the health of your family.
Living in a passive house!
How can this help, you might wonder? Well, a few health aspects come into play here.
A passive house is not only highly insulated and praised for their high level of comfort but also for its healthy indoor air quality.
A ventilation system consistently supply filtered fresh air making for superior air quality, without any pollen, dust mites or other pollutants, without causing any unpleasant draughts.
This leads also to a lower risk of condensation and stops the occurrence of mould, which often is a trigger for respiratory infections.
Most families that moved into a passive house can confirm that their respiratory symptoms or allergy related health problems have eased significantly, if not even almost vanished.
So, the question is:
Even if you don’t see the value in thermal comfort. And you think it is not feasible or affordable to pay another $30,000 – $50,000 on top of your build cost to get a passive house.
Even though you can save up to 90% on your heating and cooling costs compared with typical existing buildings and over 75% compared with average new best-practice constructions does. Which means you will have lower monthly bills and actually have a bit of extra money to put towards repayments of your mortgage each month.
Would you value a healthy indoor climate as an important feature of your home?
Shouldn’t it be a no-brainer? Like buyers appreciate a rumpus or alfresco and are paying a premium for it, shouldn’t we all be able to make this investment for ourselves and for the health of our family? And then actually get a return for it when we sell it?
Interested in hearing your thoughts please.
If you want to know more about the passive house principles and how it can positively influence your health and wellbeing please check www.passivehoueaustralia.org for more information or get in touch with me.
If you would like to experience how different and comfortable it feels inside a passive house, there is in fact 2 passive houses on Airbnb where you can stay for a night. One in country side Victoria and one in Canberra.
My family and I are currently working on the plans for our own passive house, so hopefully I will be able to show you around in our new home in late 2020.