Passive Show Home

This home is a bit different. This passive house has been designed and built using a specific design and construction methodology originating in Germany, referred to as Passivhaus or Passive House.

Passive Show Home

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This home is a bit different.  This passive house has been designed and built using a specific design and construction methodology originating in Germany, referred to as Passivhaus or Passive House.

Put simply it is a high performing healthy home providing year-round thermal comfort with minimal heating and cooling costs. It is well above New Zealand’s minimum building code yet common practice in many European countries and the States.  It utilises science and algorithms in the design stage to predict exactly how your house will perform.

What is a Passive House?

This comprehensive design and build package aims to provide continuous warmed fresh filtered air throughout the home utilising the heat from the stale air being expelled. This achieves a constant temperature year round, for minimal heating and cooling costs. There are no draughts or condensation, and instead high levels of insulation, airtightness, high performing windows, managed thermal bridging and an MHRV system, all work in unison to create a healthy comfortable and energy efficient home.

The cost to build such a home is higher than a minimum code built house but one of the aims of this show home is to demonstrate that with a known budget and discussions on the families individual priorities a healthy home with high levels of comfort and energy efficiency is possible. It is proof that a family with a realistic yet modest budget can still achieve a high performing home.

A Dream Now Reality

The home will eventually become Brent & Claire’s family home. ‘We often had people ask if we lived in a passive home and they would comment “why not if it’s so good?”’. With a family, schooling, finding a suitable section etc it was not an easy process but the desire for a warm , comfortable and healthy home won out in the end and after selling up their lifestyle block in Swannanoa they purchased adjacent sections in Rangiora to build their long awaited passive home.

‘We have lived in a few houses, but even our current rental which is only a few years old has condensation, gets cold really quickly without sun, and drafts are evident around the windows. We are really looking forward to having a house that has a constant temperature year round and no condensation or draughts. The design and building systems used will ensure we experience indoor comfort throughout the entire home, and be healthier for our family. Our allergy sufferers will particularly benefit due to the high grade filters in the MHRV system’.