Blackwell House

What is a high performance home?


A high-performance home recognizes the house as a system and surpasses outdated conventions in both design and construction. 

Practically speaking, high-performance homes focus primarily on two things, the first is the building envelope or the building shell, and the second is optimizing the quality of the indoor environment. 


This is accomplished by five main principles:

  1. Heavily insulated walls
  2. Air tight construction
  3. Premium quality windows
  4. Thermal bridge-free design
  5. Fresh air ventilation system


Why build this way? Because you deserve more than a house that simply looks good. You deserve a healthy, comfortable, quiet, durable and mindful home that is also beautiful. 

Does it COST more to build this way?

Depending on the performance targets, you can expect a 5-10% increase in cost to build a high performance home. This is a result of the a more thorough up front design and energy modelling process, additional building materials like insulation and premium quality windows and doors, and the skilled labour to ensure proper execution. With that said, overall operational cost savings will be 60-80% when compared to conventional homes, so you can rest assured you are making a thoughtful investment in your familys well-being, saving money on rising energy costs, and contributing to a more sustainable future.

Learn more about current homes being built and see past projects on our High Performance Homes page.

Contact us today to get started on your next High Performance project.