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 …

2016 August 1 Prefab NZ: Unipod Open Source Bathroom Pod

This is one way to save a considerable fraction of build costs if it is done at scale. Of course, I’d argue for putting those savings into a better building envelope designed/built to Certified Passive House levels. Content by Prefab NZ.

March 2016 Organic Magazine’s Low Energy Homes

This article features our Director, Jason Quinn, there was a lot to condense into this article. The one additional comment he wishes had made it into the article was that most new homes built in New Zealand to the current building code are unhealthy due to inadequate ventilation resulting high moisture levels and often times mold. Yes, That’s a brand …

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 …