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Eco-friendly house breaks new ground
WHAT IS IT?
Passive housing was developed
in Germany in the 1980s. It has
been used in more than 30,000
buildings worldwide and has been
proven to work through monitoring
A passive house is a well-
insulated, virtually airtight build-
ing that retains heat from the sun
and from people and electrical
equipment in the house.
Energy losses are minimised
and any extra heat needed is
provided by a small source.
Shading and window orientation
are designed to avoid excess heat
being absorbed and limit the need
to cool the house down.
A ventilation system provides a
constant fresh air supply.
The system saves up to 90
percent of space heating costs
and provides excellent indoor air
The energy used and carbon
emitted is low, making the house
By CATHERINE HEALY
Eco mission: Philip Ivanier's new Glendowie home will be New Zealand's first certified passive house. Photo: JASON OXENHAM
Go to www.eastandbayscourier.
co.nz to see a video tour of a
The desire to build a healthy, eco-
friendly family home has led Philip
Ivanier to create a New Zealand
While it may look like a regular
building site, this Glendowie prop-
erty will soon be New Zealand s first
certified passive house.
We found the site first and
designed our home but we wanted
to create something eco-friendly -- it
seemed the right thing to do, he
Passive houses require very little
heating or cooling and have excel-
lent insulation which keeps the
temperature comfortable all year
Their energy use and carbon
emissions are very low.
Mr Ivanier is Canadian and
moved to New Zealand eight years
ago and soon discovered that pass-
ive houses are not common here.
Many of the materials had to be
imported and Auckland Council had
never considered the type of
resource consents needed.
I have to say, the council has
been great. We started working
with them very early on and they ve
been very supportive.
Auckland Council s urban design
champion Ludo Campbell-Reid is a
fan of the project.
Philip is leading the way here for
a new form of environmentally
sustainable, high-quality home that
is cheap to run. As a council we are
looking forward to seeing the
results and want to empower people
like Philip to be able to do things
that will improve housing.
It s not a simple process. Most of
the expertise needed is in Europe.
To be certified the building has to
meet very high standards and the
nearest English-speaking certifier
is in Ireland.
Obviously we re not flying him
out from Ireland to certify each
stage. We ve sent him our plans and
the design has been modelled by a
piece of software which tells us it
will work. We are sending the
certifier photos as we go to prove
that we are building it as we
should, Mr Ivanier says.
Because a passive house is sealed
and has fresh air circulated by a
ventilation system, the design has
to undergo a series of air tests to
prove that the membrane is air-
Most Kiwi houses wouldn t pass
that test -- the tests would read as if
all the windows were open.
Mr Ivanier acknowledges that
building a passive house is costly
and he s not sure what his total bill
will be. However he s convinced it s
They re incredibly healthy to live
in. They re incredibly insulated. We
should be able to heat and cool it for
around $20 a month, there will be
solar panels on the roof and we
should be able to put some power
back to the grid. There will be no
mould or mildew. For children, for
anyone with allergies, it s great.
The project has captured the
interest of Auckland University s
school of architecture. The school
will monitor the air quality of the
house to prove that the system
works as it should.
Mr Ivanier would like to see the
concept used more widely, particu-
larly in state housing.
You can follow the construction of
the house online at http://
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