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Fact or Fiction: Passive Houses Quiz
by Staff
A passive house is among the most comfortable and energy efficient homes available today, but there are still plenty of misconceptions about this eco-friendly housing option. Take this quiz to test your passive house knowledge!

Passive house is simply another term used for the passive solar design that became popular with environmentally conscious homebuilders in the 1970s and 1980s.

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The first passive house was built in Urbana, Ill., in 1991.

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Passive house design is unhealthy because the airtight construction doesn't let the house "breathe."

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It costs more to build a passive house than to build a conventional house of the same size.

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The passive house standard applies only to houses, not to structures of any other kind.

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A passive house contains no furnace, boiler or other conventional heating system.

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One of the few drawbacks of living in a passive house is the constant whirring and clicking of the complex ventilation system.

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You can never open the windows in a passive house.

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Any existing house can be remodeled to achieve passive house standards.

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Passive houses only work in relatively temperate climates of places like northern Europe.

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