Shotover Passive House Queenstown

Project Team

Architecture & Passive House Design Energy Architecture NZ Ltd –
Contractor Climate House Ltd
Certifier Sustainable Engineering Ltd –

The Shotover Passive House was designed to suit a family in search of a comfortable, energy efficient permanent home in one of Queenstown’s newest suburbs. The original brief was for a simple but dramatic design that would overlook the park to the north of the house and contract with the more conservative surrounding dwellings. The form became simpler during the design process, while the non-thermal façade elements (especially to the north) gained depth and complexity to provide shading. From the outset, the design was always intended to be built using structural insulated panels, and a small amount of steelwork to facilitate speedy construction and an open plan design.

Passive House Metrics

  • Heating Demand13.3 kWh/m2/year
  • Heating Load10.8 W/m2
  • Frequency of Overheating6%
  • TFA174.6 m2
  • Form Factor3.16
  • Air leakage @ 50Pa0.5 ACH/hour
  • PER demand36 kWh/m2/year

Passive House Database 5573

Construction Details Average Values

  • U-value External Walls0.15 W/(m2K)
  • 165mm PUR core SIP panels from NZSIP with insulated service cavity
  • U-value Floor0.09 W/(m2K)
  • EPS insulated concrete slab with 90mm PUR overlay insulation
  • U-value Roof0.09 W/(m2K)
  • 215mm PUR core SIP panels from NZSIP with insulated service cavity
  • U-value Glass0.55 W/(m2K)
  • PH Thermal
  • U-Windows0.79 W/(m2K)
  • Aluminium clad timber doors and aluminium clad uPVC windows from Kneer Sud in Germany
  • Ventilation Efficiency77.71%
  • 99ud-Compact unit selected in 'Compact' worksheet