The sudden appearance of the novel coronavirus has severely disrupted life throughout the world. In the short-term, this has led to social distancing, quarantining, and panicked runs on pantry staples and other items like toilet paper. In the long-term, it is likely that it will lead to significant changes in how we travel, shop, and build cities and homes. For those of us in the Passive House community, this means we will have to take into account the increased likelihood that another pandemic event could take place and design solutions for such a contingency.
While advocates of Passive House are well aware of how the standard can improve air quality and comfort, there are additional design elements that can be incorporated into a home to make it better suited for life after COVID-19. Lloyd Alter explores some of them in his recent post on Treehugger, which you can read here.