Wheelhaus

Nicole Amit

It’s been a long road to their “forever home” but the wait for this newly certified Passive House just north of Wellington has been worth it. Work began in 2016, but the subdivision and gaining title dragged on and then Covid created unforeseen delays. But all’s well that ends well. The four-bedroom 187m2 home shelters multiple generations. It sits on …

Martin Residence

Nicole Amit

Sometimes serendipity produces the sweetest results. Brett Martin and Weihong Wang were in the early stages of designing a new energy efficient house when Brett happened to hear an interview on Radio NZ featuring Jason Quinn. Sustainable Engineering’s director was talking about the book he had just published, Passive House for New Zealand: The warm healthy homes we need. Passive …

Threepwood Passive House

Nicole Amit

Siân Taylor had a vexing situation. After a day of designing Passive House and other high-performance homes for clients, she’d return to the ordinary 1980s house she shared with her husband (and fellow architect) Mark Read and their baby, which was freezing cold and took all evening to warm up even the living areas. From the UK and used to …

Brokenshire House

Nicole Amit

This dramatic Christchurch home, nicknamed ‘The Lighthouse’ by neighbours, has just been certified as a PHI Low Energy Building. It’s a stand-out for many reasons; on a technical level, it’s notable for its use of panellisation on a challenging site with a 35% slope.  A house on the site was extensively damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and had already been …

Sole Family PassivHaus

Nicole Amit

Sole by name, sole by nature; this Christchurch Passive House was built around the unique vision and values of the clients. The result is an appealing home full of surprises and perfectly suited to the needs of its family. It’s a refreshing point of difference, when so much house design in New Zealand is driven by notions of maximising resale …

HCC Staff Facilities

Jason Quinn

It’s confirmed: New Zealand’s first non-residential building has won PHI-certification. Hutt City Council’s facilities building at Silverstream landfill is a Low Energy Building. The climate (30km north of Wellington) doesn’t present undue difficulties but the small building does face some intrinsic challenges. Its footprint is a simple shape, but the form factor sits at a very high 4.1 due to …

Huia St Residence

Nicole Amit

This striking home is perched on a steep lifestyle block above the Kapiti Coast, designed to take in expansive views to the west. On the clear day the ocean views stretch from the South Island to Mt Taranaki. The clients specified Passive House in their brief to their architect. The house’s excellent performance despite less than optimal solar access illustrates …

Havelock North expoHaus

Nicole Amit

New Zealand’s newest certified Passive House is the first in Hawkes Bay and it’s doing a great job of promoting high-performance building to homeowners in the region. This handsome three bedroom, two bathroom home plus office was designed by Vlada Acimovic and completed a year ago by eHaus licensee Welch Builders & Construction Ltd. It initially served capably as a …

Mt Pleasant

Nicole Amit

Building this stunning home presented several challenges, overcome by an experienced Passive House builder who understood what he was working with. As with many projects in Christchurch, ground conditions were difficult and increased costs. Liquefaction risk was not the issue here, rather very rocky conditions and a “big nasty rock” right in the middle of the site. Part of the …