Huia St Residence

This striking home is perched on a steep lifestyle block above the Kapiti Coast, designed to take in expansive views to the west. On the clear day the ocean views stretch from the South Island to Mt Taranaki. The clients specified Passive House in their brief to their architect. The house’s excellent performance despite less than optimal solar access illustrates …


2020 181.6 m2
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Havelock North expoHaus

New Zealand’s newest certified Passive House is the first in Hawkes Bay and it’s doing a great job of promoting high-performance building to homeowners in the region. This handsome three bedroom, two bathroom home plus office was designed by Vlada Acimovic and completed a year ago by eHaus licensee Welch Builders & Construction Ltd. It initially served capably as a …

Havelock North

2020 161.3 m2
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Mt Pleasant

Building this stunning home presented several challenges, overcome by an experienced Passive House builder who understood what he was working with. As with many projects in Christchurch, ground conditions were difficult and increased costs. Liquefaction risk was not the issue here, rather very rocky conditions and a “big nasty rock” right in the middle of the site. Part of the …


2020 177.6 m2
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St Leonards Passive House

The St Leonards Passive House overcomes the challenges of a difficult site to provide a comfortable and beautiful home for a young family. The house perches on a steep slope overshadowed by hills to the north and west. Its spectacular views of Dunedin harbour lie to the east and south.   Achieving Passive House performance despite these physical constraints highlights …


2020 185.7 m2
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Te Miro eHaus

This story starts with an Auckland family who fell in love with a piece of land in Te Miro, in the Hamilton hinterland. They wanted a warm and comfortable house that would shelter not just their growing family but a third generation too. This 322 m2 building is actually two homes under a single roof. The wife’s father has a …


2020 322.2 m2
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Holmes House

This two-storey residence in Hawea Flats is an intriguing mixture of modernity and tradition, with an impressive list of accomplishments. It’s New Zealand’s first Certified Passive House Premium building (and only the second in Australasia and 15th world-wide); and it’s the first oak-framed Passive House built in this country. It was designed by one of the country’s most experienced and …

Hawea Flat

2020 163.6 m2
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Hiberna Strawbale House

New Zealand’s latest Certified Passive House is a house notable for its environmental credentials as well as its sensory appeal. Wanaka architectural designer Jessica Eyers of Hiberna designed this three-bedroom straw bale house and her husband Ben Eyers built it. Hiberna’s ethos is all about combining natural, low-tech, local materials with high-tech scientific design and construction principles. They favour materials …


2020 118 m2
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McCarthy Residence

This bespoke Christchurch home is a happy conclusion to another earthquake horror story that involved years of delay in rebuilding. Professional project manager Paul Finch played a key role in getting this project moving again after the first builder went into liquidation. He worked alongside builder Glenn Harley and his team, who are experienced in Passive House construction. The result …


2019 187 m2
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Beckenham Passive House

This beautiful cedar-clad family home is delighting its owners, a reward after years of heartbreak and trials. Their former Christchurch home was demolished following the earthquakes and the construction of this Passive House on the same site had its challenges. This three-bedroom home is classy on the outside and high-performing on the inside yet some of its most impressive engineering …


2019 170 m2
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