Right back when they started to design and build this passive house at a rural, coastal location on New Zealand’s North Island, architectural designer Alice Gironella from Rubix Architecture and joiner Luke Lennox knew they were facing a challenging task. After all, this new build was earmarked for an open site that is exposed to powerful natural and climatic conditions. As a result, a high-performance building envelope had to be planned for and executed right from the beginning.
The designers aimed to achieve passive house standards by including solar water-heating panels on the roof, for example. As a result, the house is completely off-grid. Heat recovery is used in the ventilation system, and the home is kept warm in winter by underfloor heating. This combination provides for a comfortable indoor climate and is also particularly energy-efficient.
- Architect: Alice Gironella, Rubix Architecture
- Location: Raglan, close to Hamilton, North Island