NZ’s first EnerPHit wins architecture awards

8 October 2022 by Rachel Rose

Congratulations to Terry Bryers and the construction team for winning a fistful of awards: the Auckland/Northland/Coromandel Supreme Renovation of the Year award, the Renovation Over $1.5 million category, and a Gold Award.

According to the Stuff write up, “While the house retains its original concrete structure, it looks and feels completely different. The judges described the renovation as “incredible” and noted that sustainability and energy effectiveness was front of mind in the rebuild, which incorporated thermal modelling.”

What’s not mentioned by Stuff is that this is also the very first EnerPHit certified project in New Zealand. Meeting the airtightness requirements was a considerable challenge for the construction team and a credit to their craftsmanship.

Sustainable Engineering principal Jason Quinn was the Passive House designer for this home and he and his team are delighted to see the house recognised. “This was an ambitious and far-sighted undertaking,” Jason says. “We need many, many deep retrofits for energy efficiency. They won’t all be on this scale or with this budget but Piha EnerPHit shows what is possible.”

There is more technical information about the Piha EnerPHit home published elsewhere on the Sustainable Engineering website.

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