Dunedin Co-housing Dunedin
Architecture Architype NZ - architype.co.nz
Passive House Design eHaus – ehaus.co.nz
Construction eHaus Otago – Stevenson & Williams Ltd
Certifier Sustainable Engineering Ltd. – sustainableengineering.co.nz
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 neighbourhood is being constructed on a central Dunedin site formerly home to a school. Twenty-four units of varying sizes will stand around a central green common. All houses have freehold unit titles and will be fully self-contained. Residents can also use a large number of shared facilities, including a dining room, large kitchen, workshop, laundry, guest rooms, social space and meeting rooms. These will be housed within the re-purposed school building which remains on the site.
Construction has begun and High Street will almost certainly be New Zealand’s first multi-family Certified Passive House project.
The apartments are housed in two multi-level buildings, one facing High Street and another on Alva Street. Although the construction is similar, the difference in orientation and form factor makes for different Passive House metrics and the two buildings will be individually certified. The Alva Street building has a higher form factor (2.4) compared to High Street (1.9). High Street will easily meet Passive House energy requirements, while Alva Street will just meet them. The Passive House metrics detailed below relate to the more challenging Alva Street building, although these may shift during construction.
The buildings sit on a fully insulated concrete slab. Thermally isolated concrete piles also feature, the first time this system has been used in a project targeting Passive House certification. The walls will be constructed from Formance SIP panels.
Domestic hot water is centralised. Each building has its own large heat pump plus storage tank and circulation loop, which delivers hot water nearly immediately to the taps in each apartment. Fire safety requirements for multi-occupant dwellings shaped several design decisions: each unit has its own heat recovery ventilation unit and there are fire walls between units that required special detailing to meet Passive House performance levels.
Passive House Metrics
- Heating Demand20.9 kWh/m2/year
- Heating Load9.9 W/m2
- Frequency or Overheating0%
- TFA626.5 m2
- Form Factor2.4
- Air leakage @ 50Pa0.6 ACH
- PER demand42 kWh/m2/year
- Renewable Energy Generation- kWh/m2/year
Not yet certified
Construction Details Average Values
- U-value External Walls0.24 W/(m2K)(R4.2)
- Formance SIP 165mm
- U-value Floor0.13 W/(m2K)(R7.5)
- 300mm s-grade EPS
- U-value Roof0.16 W/(m2K)(R6.2)
- 240mm fiberglass insulation
- U-value Glass0.60 W/(m2K)(R1.7)
- Energate triple low-e argon
- U-Windows1.01 W/(m2K)(R1.0)
- Energate uPVC frames
- Air Control Layer
- SIP, Intello, Concrete Slab
- Ventilation Efficiency-%
- Zehnder ComfoAir Q350 HRV
Images above courtesy of Architype NZ.