Weekley Residence

Jason Quinn

Here is a stunning example of how Passive House efficiency can be delivered on a challenging site with multiple constraints, all without compromising design. The home was built for a family of four accustomed to warm, efficient housing in the UK whose cold, damp house in Queenstown had caused health problems. They tasked Architype with designing a home that would …

Gibbon House

Jason Quinn

Ohoka, 2019 This North Canterbury house demonstrates that Passive House performance is not beyond the reach of first home buyers. One of the owners works for a supplier of high-performance building components and well understood the “massive benefits” such a house would provide his young family. His professional experience with multiple Passive House projects also contributed to a very smooth …

Hartmann & Spranger Residence

Jason Quinn

This modern, compact home on a lifestyle block in the Bay of Plenty is delighting its European owners. After a dozen years in typical cold, damp New Zealand houses, it’s a welcome change to wake up to 18 degree temperatures throughout the house, without any heating. They also appreciate the lower humidity established by continuous mechanical ventilation. This project showcases …

Swan Residence

Jason Quinn

The first Certified Passive House Plus in the Bay of Plenty is delighting its owner/builders with the quiet comfort it offers. They’re also delighted with their power bills, which have dropped from $160+/month to about $20. Heating demand and load performance are well below Passive House maximums and no energy for cooling is expected. Timber windows from Thermadura were chosen …

Legacy Multi-family Apartments

Jason Quinn

The developer’s environmental and social conscience is driving this project, which is currently in its detailed design phase. The three-storey building houses four units; well-designed, comfortable yet modestly sized between 60-120 m² TFA. It will sit alongside detached family homes in a newer Auckland suburb, an example of the densification urban planners are urgently calling for. The developer is passionate …

Silverstream Office

Jason Quinn

Commercial buildings consume nearly 10 per cent of New Zealand’s total annual energy use and many people spend a significant portion of their adult lives inside them. Making offices and factories more energy efficient and more healthy would have widespread benefit. Design is almost complete for this small commercial building about 30 km north of Wellington. If it successfully reaches …

Roys Peak Lodge

Jason Quinn

From a holiday home to a luxury lodge; this Auckland couple are convinced of the benefits of the Passive House standard. The Georges own the first Passive House certified in the South Island,  George House, and are now working with the same architect again to develop a luxurious 11-room lodge. It will primarily be used for residential coaching clinics for …

Dunedin Co-housing

Jason Quinn

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 …

Hawea Flat PassivHaus

Jason Quinn

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 House Architect Rafe Maclean the design is optimized for efficiency as well as lifestyle. This was accomplished with a two story compact design which has a small footprint …

Kowhai House

Jason Quinn

    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 …