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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Passive House Classes Explained: Classic, Plus and Premium

Honest and fair net zero buildings   Sometimes you need to explain complicated technical topics in a very simple way. Like how you would speak to your 95 year old Italian grandmother, Rita, who grew up before TV was a thing. How the hell do you explain Passive House. Better make it simple or she will ask again in about …

2018 December 13 The Wanaka Sun’s Allison McLean: Luggate to open its doors to an energy efficient new hall

We participated in the initial feasibility study for this project and wish to commend Queenstown Lakes District Council for thinking to the future. The team followed the government Better Business Case model to make sure they adequately covered the risks and benefits of targeting a Certified Passive House community hall. “the engagement with the community and the business case now supports …

30 November 2018 NZ Herald: How to spot a healthy home

Looking for insulation in the purchase of a new home is an excellent idea and looking for bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans is even more critical. Unfortunately this is not sufficient as we are seeing brand new homes that clearly meet all of these recommendations and are still having mould issues. We would suggest having continuous mechanical ventilation with a …

22 November 2018 The Wanaka Sun’s Ruth Blunt: A healthy heart for Luggate

Luggate Hall is the is a community hub in Queenstown that needs to be replaced due to seismic strengthening. The community has pulled together a business case plan through the Government’s better business model to pursue Certified Passive House for that community hall in order to capture the thermal comfort, health & the low energy ongoing energy cost benefits. Once …