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

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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.


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    05:58PM Sun 31/07/16 on Everything you always wanted to know about designing and building Passive Houses in New Zealand

    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!

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