Roys Peak Lodge Wanaka

Project Team

Architecture & Passive House Design Rafe Maclean Architects Ltd –
Construction TBD
Structural Engineer TBD
Certifier Sustainable Engineering Ltd –

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 small groups of sportspeople and will also host intimate weddings. The lodge is built in an outstanding natural landscape beside Lake Wanaka.

Roys Peak Lodge is easily the most complex Passive House project underway in New Zealand at time of writing. Each bedroom will have its own bathroom and fire-resistant materials must be used between each room. The heat recovery ventilation system, which will deliver fresh, filtered air to each room, will be powered by a central unit but each room will have individual temperature control.

It is also the first Passive House project to contain a commercial kitchen. The cooker will require a large rangehood, but this needs to be carefully designed so that it doesn’t unbalance the ventilation system in the rest of the building.

Walls will be of a timber construction, with the climate zone dictating 190 mm stud framing for the exterior walls with blown fibreglass insulation behind the air control membrane. The 45 mm service cavity is insulated with TerraLana Wool and finished with gypsum wall board. The roof is constructed from XLam Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) with 150 mm of fibreglass insulation between the CLT and the roofing assembly.

The concrete slab foundation is a sandwich with rigid foam (PIR) above and EPS foam below. Combined, this achieves a high R8.1 insulation value and eliminates any thermal bridging at the edges; it’s a similar floor system to that proven in the George House.

Passive House Metrics

  • Heating Demand 14.5 kWh/m2/year
  • Heating Load 11 W/m2
  • Frequency of Overheating1 % year over 25°C
  • TFA 599 m2
  • Form Factor2.3
  • Air leakage @ 50Pa0.6 ACH/hour required
  • Primary Energy demand72 kWh/m2/year

Not yet certified



Construction Details Average Values

  • U-value External Walls0.16 W/(m2K)(R6.3)
  • 190mm Jetstream Max fiberglass and 45mm service cavity TerraLana
  • U-value Floor0.12 W/(m2K)(R8.1)
  • 100mm PIR / concrete slab / 150mm EPS
  • U-value Roof0.16 W/(m2K)(R6.2)
  • XLAM CLT with 150mm fiberglass
  • U-value Glass0.54 W/(m2K)(R1.8)
  • Triple low-e argon
  • U-Windows0.89 W/(m2K)(R1.1)
  • Timber aluminum tilt-turn
  • Air Control Layer
  • ??
  • Ventilation Efficiency79%
  • Zehnder ComfoAir XL 2200

Images courtesy of Rafe Maclean Architects Ltd.