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 makes …

Legacy Multi-family Apartments

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

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

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

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

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

  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 makes …

Brown 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 Brown residence was Architype’s first North Island Passive House project; its …

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, …

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 …