PIHA EnerPHit

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This is New Zealand’s first enerPHit project to be certified. This astonishingly ambitious retrofit stripped a large, luxury house built in 2008 back to its shell and rebuilt it to achieve certifiable performance. The result is a testament to the owner’s commitment and the skilled team of professionals that brought the project to fruition over a three year period. There …

10 Bushland Place

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8 and 10 Bushland Place are the first two homes to be completed in an entire subdivision targeting Passive House Plus certification. This is an ambitious undertaking with the heavy lifting being done by experienced Passive House builders at Ethos Homes. Peter Bielski of Ethos was approached by landowner Ernst Frei on the basis of his team’s reputation and track …

8 Bushland Place

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8 and 10 Bushland Place are the first two homes to be completed in an entire subdivision targeting Passive House Plus certification. This is an ambitious undertaking with the heavy lifting being done by experienced Passive House builders at Ethos Homes. Peter Bielski of Ethos was approached by landowner Ernst Frei on the basis of his team’s reputation and track …

Fairfield Office

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The new purpose-built office for long-established Blenheim builders, Fairfield Construction, is a certified PHI Low Energy Building. It’s the first commercial building in the South Island to gain a PHI certification. Work had begun before a decision was made to aim for Passive House performance and the concrete slab was already poured when Sustainable Engineering began the initial design work. …

Roys Peak Farm House

Nicole Amit

The owners of this large landholding on the western shores of Lake Wanaka have an ambition to build a luxury lodge, as previewed in Jason Quinn’s book on Passive House in New Zealand. Meanwhile they have built a striking three-bedroom Passive House home—no small achievement given the highly demanding constraints on building in this designated significant natural landscape zone. The …

Woodford Grace

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Woodford Grace is a remarkable house, in every way. The owners bought a gracious old bungalow written off after the Canterbury earthquakes, won over by the large land area and proximity to the city. They then, with audacious ambition, decided to repair and restore the villa, while adding a modern extension to suit their family of five—and to aim for …

Tocker Residence

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This Canterbury home is a terrific example of what happens when a client—and their architect—are brave enough to consider alternatives to standard floor plans and instead aim for a home that fits them like a glove. This beautiful home on an end section looks out over the river. It is very much a house of two halves, with the principal …

Leith Valley Passive House

Nicole Amit

New Zealand’s newest Passive House Plus is home to a couple—and their two electric cars. Their latest monthly power bill was about $50, of which fully $30 was line and other fixed charges. And that’s in Dunedin, still chilly in October! It will be equally as comfortable and still miserly on energy even during heatwaves in summer. External blinds will …

Lower Saddle House

Nicole Amit

Lower Saddle House is the family home for Auckland architect Joe Lyth, who qualified as a Passive House designer during the planning phase. It’s had lots of press. In particular Joe’s essay for Architecture Now was widely discussed, because he described how this certified, high-performance build was completed within their $502K budget. It is true that Lower Saddle House achieved …