Can a house in Crete be resourceful, resilient, comfortable, affordable, and sustainable at the same time?
Can a house in Crete be energy efficient, resourceful, resilient, comfortable, affordable, and sustainable at the same time? Our three thousand square meters of certified off-grid and/or passive structures in Chania and Rethymnon, prove that the answer is YES! And that this high-energy efficient building concept is much more than just a short-term trend.
We asked experts in passive house architectural concepts and building energy engineering whether they concur with the need for an urgent transition to alternative design for both residential and commercial properties. And if so, how the construction sector can make that happen quickly enough to matter?
We also asked property owners in Crete, Greece how they would navigate such a fundamental change for their properties, society, and the environment. The responses have been edited and condensed.