Passive House for New Zealand:
The warm healthy homes we need

In this succinct, fiercely argued book first published in 2019, building scientist and Passive House designer Jason Quinn reminds us of all the ways New Zealand housing fails. He took aim at the Building Code and the high cost of building average (or worse) homes.

Most of all, this is a book concerned with how to do better. It makes an impassioned argument for much wider use in New Zealand of the Passive House building performance standard and demonstrates its relevance for New Zealand conditions. The theory is backed up with concrete examples of New Zealand’s first 24 Certified Passive House homes and concludes with the more diverse projects—apartment buildings, offices and tourist accommodation—that are planned.

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Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Section I – The Problem
  3. Section II – A Solution
  4. Section III – Case Studies
  5. Section IV – The Future
  6. References
  7. Errata
  8. Comment and feedback
  9. Bonus Material
  10. Media Resources