07 February 2019 RNZ: Passive houses: warm, dry and sustainable, so why not more?

“If you just take Passive House technologies and just smack (them) into a building without doing modeling and knowing how it’s going to work you can actually cause some problems” “You don’t waste the energy by throwing it out the windows but just opening windows or exhaust fans you actually can recover it by moving it through the heat exchanger.” …

2019 South Pacific Passive House Conference and Trade Show

Our director, Jason Quinn, will be teaching the advanced clinic on Thermal Comfort and Overheating at the South Pacific Passive House Conference. The workshop will cover the impacts of design choices and the ways to fix overheating in high performance homes (i.e. certified passive house). This is a workshop for Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants/Tradespersons and other experts and is not …

10 April 2018 South Pacific Passive House Conference

If you missed it, the South Pacific Passive House Conference in Melbourne this year was a fantastic conference. We participated through leading a workshop on advanced PHPP the day before the conference on Thursday as well as attending the conference on Friday/Saturday and participating in a keynote presentation on the last day of the conference (along with Clare Parry, Luc …

06 April 2018 Superhome Movement’s April Newsletter

At the request of the Superhome Movement, Sustainable Engineering Ltd. has put together a technical proposal to build the mathematical model underlying the cool Superhome housing performance dashboard.   “Superhome housing performance dashboard project is gathering momentum and the project team is coming together. This is a really big task with lots of research input as well as technical and IT involvement. …

13 March 2018 Stuff’s Rexine Hawes: First Passive House concept in Matamata helping to change building industry

Good article on a great house. Brick veneer is tricky to get right without creating the potential for mould at the slab edge. This design team got it right on the first try.   Cholmondeley-Smith said while still relatively unknown, passive homes were growing in popularity around the world. “More people are moving towards building healthier, comfortable homes, with lower …

12 September 2017 South Pacific Passive House Conference

Our director, Jason Quinn, presented a joint paper with Clare Parry on lessons learned on the South Pacific Passive House Conference in 2017 in Christchurch. Their presentation “Lessons learned from South Pacific Passive House certifications How not to kill a Passive House project” is available on the PHINZ website. The 3rd Annual South Pacific Passive House Conference 2017 was put …

20 September 2012 InHouse Magazine: Your Client Wants a Passive House?

We drafted this article for InHouse Magazine back in 2012 on our first Passive House project, Passive House Taupo. Kim Feldborg, who is now a friend of ours, has designed an incredible home up there. Essentially, we did the Math and Physics modelling for the building for him. Great project, beautiful build, and a large home that requires almost no …