New passive three bedroom home in Taupo

To achieve the home owners' dream of having a home that never drops below 18 degrees, even in the depths of a Taupo winter, we worked with a passive design consultant.

After plenty of homework, ticking numberous boxes and meeting long lists of materials, workmanship and Passive standard specifications, we installed a state-of-the-art heat recovery unit to ensure the home would not lose heat in winter or gain heat in summer. Among other things, we were trying to achieve air changes within the house of 0.6 or below*. We achieved 0.57, so this was a great result.

While this spacious, sun-soaked house isn't 'Certified Passive' because the configuration of the house is too spread out, it is very close and the owners couldn't be happier.

We learned a lot along the way and have applied some of the Passive practices to other houses we have built since. It is great to be able to educate customers about where to get value for money when creating a warmer home. 

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