Off-Site Construction: Meeting Passive House and Zero Energy Ready Home Requirements

Off-site construction is a process that involves manufacturing components or modules of a building in a controlled factory setting, followed by an on-site assembly. This form of construction offers many benefits including energy efficiency, time and material savings, less disruption of project sites, reduced emissions from construction, and job opportunities. As the construction industry has recognized the importance of sustainable building practices, building standards such as Passive House and the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home programs have emerged. The Passive House standard sets requirements for energy
efficiency, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality, while Zero Energy Ready Home aims to create highly energy efficient homes capable of offsetting their energy consumption through the use of renewable energy sources. This brief examines the potential of off-site construction to meet the requirements of the Passive House and Zero Energy Ready Home standards.

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