Case Studies

Dunedin Co-housing

In 2014, a small group of Dunedin locals came together with a vision to create a different kind of residential development. They wanted to create a far more sophisticated housing project than the typical New Zealand subdivision made of up large, detached homes walled off from their neighbours. Their vision is now being realised. An affordable, sustainable and sociable cohousing …

Dunedin

High Performance Building 627 m2
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Hawea Flat PassivHaus

This project is now complete and Certified as the first Passive House Premium in New Zealand. Project has been renamed and the case study is at Holmes House. Project updates on Facebook Page of Hawea Flat Passivhaus lots of timber framing beauty early in the project. This is potentially New Zealand first Passive House Premium. Designed by the experienced Certified Passive …

Queenstown

High Performance Building 164 m2
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Kowhai House

    Dunedin architect Rafe Maclean had previously designed Passive Houses for clients but this build was for his own family. Several family members suffer from asthma and a warm, dry, healthy living environment was a priority. The simplicity of the three bedroom, two-storey home’s form helped to reduce construction complexity while making the home more thermally efficient. Clever design …

Dunedin

2018 117 m2
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Browne Residence

Dunedin firm Architype designed and built this home for a couple relocating to Cambridge who wanted a comfortable, energy-efficient house that would meet their needs as they aged. The layout, structure, services and aesthetics of the building tightly work together to create a simple yet extremely high-performance building. The Browne residence was Architype’s first North Island Passive House project; its …

Cambridge

2017 208 m2
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Gemmill Lloyd House

This home stands on a stunning site looking south-west over the dramatic coast line. The challenge the architects solved was to create a building open to those views while also sheltered from the ever-changing weather. A long elevation to the north-west serves to bring maximum sun, light and energy into the whole house. The house is built with timber studs, …

Dunedin

2017 182 m2
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Senior Residence

This is a two-storey modern residence in the middle of Christchurch that replaces the family’s home damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes. It was Christchurch’s first certified Passive House Plus home, generating power via a 7 kW solar photovoltaic array. The home stands on a waffle pod slab, a very thick and strong foundation that can be used where liquefaction risk …

Christchurch

2017 198 m2
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Pitkin – Douglas Home

This striking family home is the first South Island residence to be certified as Passive House Plus; it meets Passive House performance standards plus generates as much energy as it uses over a year. Proving there need not be a trade-off between function and form, its architects were highly commended in the 2018 ADNZ Architectural Design Awards. The house was …

Christchurch

2017 132 m2
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iDEAL House

The owners of this large, modern home were well-informed about high-performance homes and knew what they wanted: he was GM of Knauf Insulation and she worked for the Green Building Council! The house spans 245 m2 over two levels in a greenfields development south-east of Auckland and was completed in 2014. It boasts four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, …

Auckland

2017 209 m2
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Hohaia House

  Hohaia House sits unobtrusively among other new homes in a Matamata suburb, a modern, house with brick cladding and a long-run roof. But under the skin, it’s a very different thing to its neighbours. It’s certified as a Low Energy Building by the Passive House Institute, one of the first of its kind in New Zealand. It’s a new …

Hamilton

2017 105 m2
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