Everything you always wanted to know about designing and building Passive Houses in New Zealand

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Designing And Building Passive Houses In New Zealand

Project 2016-04-20 19:28:44 +1200

A Certified Passive House follows a strict, scientific process to predict the performance of buildings quite accurately at the design stage. This results in buildings that truly shelter occupants, provide them with a constant supply of fresh air, and a comfortable indoor environment at very low running cost. The way a Certified Passive House meets the performance targets is not defined. Certified Passive Houses have been built with every construction type known to humankind, from straw bale self-builds to prefabricated solid construction and everything in between. While they differ significantly in appearance and typology, they all perform within a narrow band of indicators for indoor environmental quality. Certified Passive Houses have been erected in all climate zones, from very cold to very hot. Naturally, the way Passive House performance targets are met will vary with the climate they are built in. With New Zealand's overwhelmingly temperate climate, the targets are far easier met than in countries with climate extremes.

The Passive House standard is not to be confused with “passive solar” concepts that were popularised in the 1970s. While Passive Houses utilise solar heat gains to the extent possible, they avoid passive solar shortfalls: poor comfort conditions at times, and insufficient regard for good indoor air quality. Furthermore, passive solar homes heavily rely on occupant intervention, like proper window operation, for optimum performance, whereas in a Certified Passive House the thermal envelope does all the work, allowing the occupants to passively enjoy a comfortable and healthy building.

The Passive House Institute New Zealand, a charitable trust, aims to publish (in print and ebook) a 20-page colour brochure that outlines the process of designing and building Certified Passive Houses in New Zealand. Lessons learnt about designing, building and certifying a Passive House in different regions in New Zealand, as well as the many benefits of living in a Passive House will be illustrated. Whether you are interested in building a house, or simply want to know more about a building standard that relieves fuel poverty and improves people's well-being, you will find guidance and inspiration in this brochure.


The T-shirtPicture of the T-shirt reward, worn by PHINZ board member Glenn Murdoch.

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You did it - the brochure is funded!

31/07/2016 at 5:58 PM

A big Thank You to everyone who pledged on this campaign! You are awesome! We started working on the brochure, and - once PledgeMe has processed your pledges - will get those rewards out to you. Give us a few months to finalise the brochure, which will be available in print, and downloadable at www.phinz.org.nz . Thanks to your help there's hope that more Kiwis will be able to enjoy healthy and comfortable houses that don't cost the Earth!

Cheers

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    Pledgers 36

    Hannah Sutton
    2016-07-30 19:22:28 +1200
    John Goldsmith
    2016-07-30 14:18:54 +1200
    Pro Clima NZ Limited
    2016-07-29 12:09:12 +1200

    "“We are glad to be able to support PHINZ with this fantastic initiative.”"

    Pro Clima NZ Limited
    2016-07-29 11:56:18 +1200

    "We glad to be able to support PHINZ with this fantastic initiative."

    darren peart
    2016-07-29 11:19:29 +1200
    Richard Walklin
    2016-07-29 07:47:29 +1200
    Darryl Mackenzie
    2016-07-29 07:01:04 +1200
    WikiHouseNZ
    2016-07-26 19:43:41 +1200

    "May this become the base standard for all new and refurbished NZ buildings! "

    Jessica Eyers
    2016-07-25 15:04:55 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2016-07-25 12:02:25 +1200
    Ben Pitkin-Douglas
    2016-07-25 10:35:10 +1200
    Barney Brotherhood
    2016-07-19 20:20:54 +1200

    "I'm backing anything that aims to improve housing quality and comfort in NZ - best of luck. "

    Phil Clatworthy
    2016-07-15 15:45:18 +1200
    Sarah Solaris
    2016-07-14 14:49:35 +1200
    Melanie Thornton
    2016-07-14 14:18:39 +1200

    "I've always been fascinated by passive house design and am keen to see this brochure created."

    May McLeod
    2016-07-14 11:28:43 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2016-07-14 11:15:45 +1200

    "Delighted at the thought of having readily available information. So much benefit to both the private homebuilder and to society."

    Benjamin Franzmayr
    2016-07-10 14:37:17 +1200
    Jeff Morgan
    2016-07-07 16:04:49 +1200
    Paula Hugens
    2016-07-04 16:15:00 +1200

    "Great campaign, looking forward to seeing the results"

    Mark Brokenshire
    2016-07-01 17:21:37 +1200
    Tim Ross
    2016-06-28 09:09:03 +1200
    Kim Sparks
    2016-06-16 01:27:40 +1200

    "Fantastic idea, let's spread the word about Passivhaus to kiwis."

    Ben Adam-Smith
    2016-06-05 23:30:36 +1200

    "A great idea. Let's make this happen."

    Eco Insulation
    2016-06-05 12:17:43 +1200

    "We support good design & the principles of PHINZ. Designers, builders, homeowners, pls contact us to achieve the best insulation outcomes. "

    ilena
    2016-06-01 22:02:02 +1200
    andrea
    2016-06-01 21:55:48 +1200
    Rafe Maclean
    2016-05-23 09:19:25 +1200
    Julie Swan
    2016-05-22 18:45:07 +1200
    Julie Swan
    2016-05-22 18:43:03 +1200

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    Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Designing And Building Passive Houses In New Zealand

    Project 2016-04-20 19:28:44 +1200

    A Certified Passive House follows a strict, scientific process to predict the performance of buildings quite accurately at the design stage. This results in buildings that truly shelter occupants, provide them with a constant supply of fresh air, and a comfortable indoor environment at very low running cost. The way a Certified Passive House meets the performance targets is not defined. Certified Passive Houses have been built with every construction type known to humankind, from straw bale self-builds to prefabricated solid construction and everything in between. While they differ significantly in appearance and typology, they all perform within a narrow band of indicators for indoor environmental quality. Certified Passive Houses have been erected in all climate zones, from very cold to very hot. Naturally, the way Passive House performance targets are met will vary with the climate they are built in. With New Zealand's overwhelmingly temperate climate, the targets are far easier met than in countries with climate extremes.

    The Passive House standard is not to be confused with “passive solar” concepts that were popularised in the 1970s. While Passive Houses utilise solar heat gains to the extent possible, they avoid passive solar shortfalls: poor comfort conditions at times, and insufficient regard for good indoor air quality. Furthermore, passive solar homes heavily rely on occupant intervention, like proper window operation, for optimum performance, whereas in a Certified Passive House the thermal envelope does all the work, allowing the occupants to passively enjoy a comfortable and healthy building.

    The Passive House Institute New Zealand, a charitable trust, aims to publish (in print and ebook) a 20-page colour brochure that outlines the process of designing and building Certified Passive Houses in New Zealand. Lessons learnt about designing, building and certifying a Passive House in different regions in New Zealand, as well as the many benefits of living in a Passive House will be illustrated. Whether you are interested in building a house, or simply want to know more about a building standard that relieves fuel poverty and improves people's well-being, you will find guidance and inspiration in this brochure.


    The T-shirtPicture of the T-shirt reward, worn by PHINZ board member Glenn Murdoch.

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    You did it - the brochure is funded!

    31/07/2016 at 5:58 PM

    A big Thank You to everyone who pledged on this campaign! You are awesome! We started working on the brochure, and - once PledgeMe has processed your pledges - will get those rewards out to you. Give us a few months to finalise the brochure, which will be available in print, and downloadable at www.phinz.org.nz . Thanks to your help there's hope that more Kiwis will be able to enjoy healthy and comfortable houses that don't cost the Earth!

    Cheers

    You need to pledge to see this update.

      Hannah Sutton
      2016-07-30 19:22:28 +1200
      John Goldsmith
      2016-07-30 14:18:54 +1200
      Pro Clima NZ Limited
      2016-07-29 12:09:12 +1200

      "“We are glad to be able to support PHINZ with this fantastic initiative.”"

      Pro Clima NZ Limited
      2016-07-29 11:56:18 +1200

      "We glad to be able to support PHINZ with this fantastic initiative."

      darren peart
      2016-07-29 11:19:29 +1200
      Richard Walklin
      2016-07-29 07:47:29 +1200
      Darryl Mackenzie
      2016-07-29 07:01:04 +1200
      WikiHouseNZ
      2016-07-26 19:43:41 +1200

      "May this become the base standard for all new and refurbished NZ buildings! "

      Jessica Eyers
      2016-07-25 15:04:55 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2016-07-25 12:02:25 +1200
      Ben Pitkin-Douglas
      2016-07-25 10:35:10 +1200
      Barney Brotherhood
      2016-07-19 20:20:54 +1200

      "I'm backing anything that aims to improve housing quality and comfort in NZ - best of luck. "

      Phil Clatworthy
      2016-07-15 15:45:18 +1200
      Sarah Solaris
      2016-07-14 14:49:35 +1200
      Melanie Thornton
      2016-07-14 14:18:39 +1200

      "I've always been fascinated by passive house design and am keen to see this brochure created."

      May McLeod
      2016-07-14 11:28:43 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2016-07-14 11:15:45 +1200

      "Delighted at the thought of having readily available information. So much benefit to both the private homebuilder and to society."

      Benjamin Franzmayr
      2016-07-10 14:37:17 +1200
      Jeff Morgan
      2016-07-07 16:04:49 +1200
      Paula Hugens
      2016-07-04 16:15:00 +1200

      "Great campaign, looking forward to seeing the results"

      Mark Brokenshire
      2016-07-01 17:21:37 +1200
      Tim Ross
      2016-06-28 09:09:03 +1200
      Kim Sparks
      2016-06-16 01:27:40 +1200

      "Fantastic idea, let's spread the word about Passivhaus to kiwis."

      Ben Adam-Smith
      2016-06-05 23:30:36 +1200

      "A great idea. Let's make this happen."

      Eco Insulation
      2016-06-05 12:17:43 +1200

      "We support good design & the principles of PHINZ. Designers, builders, homeowners, pls contact us to achieve the best insulation outcomes. "

      ilena
      2016-06-01 22:02:02 +1200
      andrea
      2016-06-01 21:55:48 +1200
      Rafe Maclean
      2016-05-23 09:19:25 +1200
      Julie Swan
      2016-05-22 18:45:07 +1200
      Julie Swan
      2016-05-22 18:43:03 +1200

      Followers of Everything you always wanted to know about designing and building Passive Houses in New Zealand

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