Referring to anything as ‘passive’ is rarely a compliment. Oddly enough, adopting passive methods to power our homes and buildings can ignite the fastest, most powerful sprint toward…

  • cutting energy use by 80%, saving heaps of money.
  • offering healthier indoor air quality (IAQ) free of stale air, pathogens, and viruses.
  • bringing our world closer to a net-zero building stock.

Diagram: Passive House Institute

To build the extremely airtight building envelope Passive House design requires, high quality yet affordable components are critical. Everything from the non-thermal bridging insulation to solar systems and multi-paned windows works to prevent infiltration of outside air, loss of conditioned air, poor temperature control, and high energy bills.


Heat energy recovery is where it’s at.

An iron-clad envelope creates an IAQ nightmare without the right HVAC to temper it. Passive House standards require balanced heat- and moisture-recovery ventilation that ensures the separation of stale exhaust air and fresh supply air while consuming barely any electricity. Successful passive house construction results in a roughly 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy usage. 


What sort of HVAC equipment offers that balance?

An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) boasting true direct counterflow heat exchangers and energy-efficient fans will precondition fresh outdoor air to room temperature in winter or summer while substantially reducing your energy bill, improving indoor air quality, controlling moisture without affecting temperature, and reducing the emissions that feed global warming. 


Why a Building Performance Equipment, Inc. ERV is your best bet for Passive House builds:

BPE’s patented, longer, true direct Air-to-Air heat exchanger raises the bar in HVAC technology and will meet PHIUS+ 2015: Passive Building Standards for North America. Among the benefits of choosing a BPE ERV:

  • up to 90% thermal efficiency
  • no Cross Contamination of air streams
  • up to 34% latent effectiveness
  • Energy Efficiency Ratings (EER) of 36 to 160 (industry standard is 10)
  • galvanized steel construction, no moving parts aTwenty-Year Limited Lifetime Guarantee
  • excellent support staff and computer modeling


Our Top Residential

Small Office Unit: 

The BPE-XE-MIR-200-i

Features ‘Place-It and Plug-It’

lightweight design. Plug unit straight

into a 120 VAC with attached three-pronged

plug. Adjust fan speed via integral factory-calibrated

speed controls with full, variable speed for each fan.


Our Top Commercial Unit:  

The BPE-XE-MIR-2000


Modular, man-portable.

Packages include Fans,

Speed Controllers, Filter Boxes,

and Intake Louvers. Larger

Packaged Systems up to 20,000 cfm.

Contact BPE, Inc to discuss your Passive House HVAC plans: 201.722.1414


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