Passive House Classes Classic, Plus and Premium

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 …

24 July 2001 Nature.com: Original Article | Published: 24 July 2001 The National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS): a resource for assessing exposure to environmental pollutants

Many speakers talk about how much time we spend indoors when they talk about how important indoor air quality is and they seldom take the time and reference source of references. So I thought I’d point out this very technical reference to the amount of time spent indoors was a survey done in the United States. It’s been done quite …

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 …

Documentation required for a Certified Passive House

A fairly common question during the certification process is ‘What sort of construction documentation is required for a certified passive house?’ Required documentation for a Certified Passive House (Passivhaus) or PHI Low Energy Building is that sufficient to fully check the energy model and design quality and assure that the building was built as per the design. That sort of …

26 October 2018 Passive House Plus’ Kate de Selincourt: Performance gap much smaller for passive homes, research finds

This report reviewed detailed test measurements for air tightness and heating loads for passive houses and non-passive houses designed to meet an energy target. From this data the Passive Houses (Passivhaus in the UK) predicted performance matched quite closely to the measurements compared to other non-passive house designed buildings. “Most of the homes were fitted with mechanical ventilation with heat …

The Four Control Layers – Fundamentals of Building Science

The Building Enclosure and the Four Control Layers   Understanding of the building enclosure and the four control layers that make up the building enclosure is vital to understanding how the building enclosure will perform Enclosure The building enclosure is what separates the inside environment from the outside ‘natural’ environment. This includes everything from the paint on the outside of …

05 July 2018 Opinion’s Jessica Berentson-Shaw: KiwiBuild risks embedding wealth and housing inequalities

“It is feasible for people in government to ensure the next generation of children has more choice.Building standards need an overhaul. We are lagging behind other similar countries.Mr Twyford should be informed by open source energy-efficient housing systems like the passive house standard.It is a system that lends itself to prefabrication on a large scale, and has been used in …