5 basics of a passive house
A passive house like this one is super energy-efficient.
it uses only 5-10 per cent of the energy required to heat a standard New Zealand house to a comfortable temperature. •
basic features include northfacing windows, no shade from buildings, hills or trees, and a compact, simple layout. •
most materials and construction methods are similar to a standard build. •
it uses an air balanced pressure ventilation system and heat exchanger which takes warm, moist air out of the home, pulls fresh outdoor air in, and exchanges heat between the two to keep the temperature stable. •
it is adaptable to suit the climate; a passive house in the Far North will have a different construction to one in Invercargill.