PH Window Installs

Window installs watch Florian and Skyler install a Passive House window into a home. Notice the good explanation of the aluminium cut back distance to allow over insulation of the aluminium clad timber frame. uPVC social housing installs with winbag tool. Sometimes different ways of doing things can just strike you at how quick and efficient they can appear.

Certified Passive House design required for Queenstown Luggate Memorial Hall

Although this media release doesn’t mention it the Queenstown Lakes District Council has been methodically reviewing the costs and benefits of Passive House for some time. After this review and discussion with industry experts the business case for certified Passive House was recommended to council and successfully made it through the Council decision making process. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) …

Why don’t owners improve their homes? Results from a survey following a housing warrant‐of‐fitness assessment for health and safety

Paper in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health by Elinor Chisholm Michael Keall Julie Bennett Anaru Marshall Lucy Telfar‐Barnard Louise Thornley Philippa Howden‐Chapman Bottom line – even when folks know that their house is making them sick and the fix is easy/cheap they do not do so unless motivated by some other means. Even if it is …

10 April 2019 Passive Houses in New Zealand: Let’s talk details

Scala Seminar Series Hosted by the disciplines of Landscape Architecture & Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology invites you to bring your lunch and attend a free public seminar on Thurs 16th May, 2019, 12.30-1.30pm Passive Houses in New Zealand: Lets talk details by Jason Quinn Director, Sustainable Engineering Ltd Our performance based code is almost a myth in the practical …

Future climate considerations in Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)

Passive House Institute has released a climate morphing tool for use in examining future climates and building resilience. I’m particularly fond of this approach which simply takes an increased summer temperature and increases the dry bulb temperatures throughout the year. After working with more detailed analysis from Meteonorm (which we use for detailed analysis including hygrothermal modeling) and other future …

28 February 2019 The Gisborne Herald: Real Health Difference

“I remember a young family who had about seven children, who told us they would often be taking a child to hospital at least once a week, due to the house being freezing cold.” For those folks not lucky enough to live in New Zealand Gisborne is in the North Island of New Zealand with nice warm summers. News like …

20 February 2019 Envirotecture: South Pacific Passive House Conference 2019

The South Pacific Passive House Conference in Wellington was epic and is going to help move the bar with high performance building in New Zealand and Australia. Andy pulled together a great summary of the conference and PHINZ is going to post the papers so those of you that missed can at least read up on the conference. There were …

TVNZ RENEWSNZ video on Passive House

The video can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/renewsnz/videos/252930218953512/ “These houses are heated and cooled for the same price as running your fridge. It’s called a passive house, and its secret is simple: insulation.” This video is awesome and very short. Perfectly suited to a general audience. TVNZ really did a great job (Thanks Anna). FYI I was at the Kapiti expoHaus …

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