• Are Passive Houses the warm, dry and sustainable building solution New Zealand should embrace?

    4 monthes ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    Shocked at the number of cold, damp houses in New Zealand, a Waikato-based couple searched for their own building solution. A ground-breaking passive house provided the answer. Words: Ann Warnock Photos: Karin Van Til WHAT IS A PASSIVE HOUSE? It is airtight, well insulated, has no thermal bridges and uses the passive warmth generated by its occupants, cooking appliances and sunlight to keep it at an even temperature. It is a low-energy-consumption house. Its core features are highly insulated walls, roof, floor, windows and doors, an airtight building wrap, a whole-house ventilation system...
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