Pitkin – Douglas Home Christchurch

Project Team

Architecture & Passive House Design THECA Architecture – theca.co.nz
Construction Ethos Homes – www.ethoshomes.co.nz
Structural Engineer Lewis Bradford – www.lewisbradford.com
Certifier Sustainable Engineering Ltd – www.sustainableengineering.co.nz

Passive House Metrics

  • Heating Demand15.8 kWh/m2/year
  • Heating Load9.2 W/m2
  • Frequency of Overheating1.4%
  • TFA131.8 m2
  • Form Factor3.1
  • Air leakage @ 50Pa0.4 ACH
  • PER demand42.2 kWh/m2/year
  • Renewable Energy Generation60 kWh/m2/year

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This striking family home is the first South Island residence to be certified as Passive House Plus; it meets Passive House performance standards plus generates as much energy as it uses over a year. Proving there need not be a trade-off between function and form, its architects were highly commended in the 2018 ADNZ Architectural Design Awards.

The house was built for young family returning to Christchurch after the Canterbury earthquakes. A narrow site dictated the simple, rectangular form of the 157m2 house but also reflected the clients’ vision for a simple family home.

This Passive House Plus is built from pre-fabricated THECA timber wall and roof panels with blown fibreglass insulation installed at the factory. It sits on an insulated, 300 mm thick concrete slab. Triple-glazed, timber-framed windows were manufactured in New Zealand by ThermaDura. Window shutters on the north face assist in preventing over-heating in summer.

Energy is generated via photo-voltaic panels on the north-facing roof — enough to supply the house’s energy needs in summer and send excess power back into the grid.

The design team selected a Wolf ventilation system due to the local support offered. The designers note that routing of ventilation ducting is best considered early in the design process.

Construction Details Average Values

  • U-value External Walls0.20 W/(m2K)(R5.0)
  • THECA Panel: 140mm timber framing with Knauf JetStream Max insulation, Intello airtightness and 45mm service cavity with Mammoth polyester insulation
  • U-value Floor0.34 W/(m2K)(R2.9)
  • 300mm solid concrete floor with 100mm EPS under and XPS to the perimeter
  • U-value Roof0.11 W/(m2K)(R9.1)
  • THECA Panel: Timber framed roof with 300mm I-beams insulated with Knauf Jetstream Max, Intello airtightness
  • U-value Glass0.52 W/(m2K)(R1.9)
  • Triple (4:/20/4/20/:4)
  • U-Windows0.88 W/(m2K)(R1.1)
  • ThermaDura timber triple glazed windows
  • Air Control Layer
  • Intello, Concrete Slab
  • Ventilation Efficiency80.8%
  • Wolf - CWL - 300 Excellent

Images provided by Passive House Institute New Zealand – phinz.org.nz