Monthly Archives: June 2021

Construction on a new and innovative Memorial Centre for Luggate is set to commence in July this year, targeting completion in April 2022. This will be Aotearoa NZ’s first community facility built to the Passive House standard – a very exciting development!

The centre has been designed by PHINZ members Salmond Architecture and Hiberna, along with the wider team.

Currently, Breen Construction, which has a special focus on environmental sustainability, is demolishing the old hall, and salvaging reusable materials. The new building has been carefully designed to cater for a wide range of community uses, and with an eye to the future.  The goal is to return a permanent focal point for the Luggate community, a place to bring people together locally but also an attractive venue for events that can be enjoyed by people across the district. 

“Luggate Hall is an important step for Passive House in New Zealand.” says PHINZ CEO Amy Tankard. “It will give local people the opportunity to experience the comfort of Passive House, and enable the building to be used efficiently year round, bringing the community together. It will also help to bring Passive House to New Zealand on a larger scale, as people understand the value a Passive House building can bring, and opportunities for industry professionals are expanded. Passive House is a wonderful way to create energy efficient, warm, dry and healthy spaces for all – be that in community centres, schools, hospitals, early childhood centres or anywhere that brings the community together.” 

More information about the new Luggate Memorial Centre, and the old Luggate Memorial Hall building, can be found here

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We are very pleased to announce our new “brochure” – Passive House: Homes Where People Thrive.

This is an accessible guide for people planning to build a new home – learn all about the health, comfort and quality benefits of a Passive House. This concise guide also has the details of what sets Passive House apart, the stages of a Passive House project and much more.

Free as a PDF from the downloads page.

Passive House: Homes Where People Thrive (Cover)
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At the Passive House Hui yesterday (13 June 2021), the High-Performance Construction Details handbook was launched.

You can head over to the HPCD page and download a free copy of the PDF handbook and a copy of all the CAD details.

The handbook will be a valuable resource for design and construction professionals, providing practical tools to exceed Building Code thermal performance minimums. It will also provide consenting officials with a reference when presented with high-performance Alternative Solutions.

The handbook was funded from the Building Research Levy and in-kind by Sustainable EngineeringPHINZ and Resilienz.

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Passive House – Our Common Future

The South Pacific Passive House Conference will be held at AUT, Auckland, in November 2021

Conference Topics

  1. Passive House social housing
  2. Proven outcomes of Passive House projects
  3. Intergenerational well­ being and Passive House

We would like to see talks addressing these topics, but are open to all research on Passive House matters relevant for people in the South Pacific.

How to submit

  • Submissions close 30 June 2021 14 July 2021 (extended)
  • Abstracts must be a maximum of 2 pages, submitted in pdf format.
  • Email for access to the submission platform
  • Submissions will be peer-reviewed, with speakers notified from August 2021

Please Note:

  • All presentations will be in person (COVID conditions dependent) in Auckland. Please confirm you are able to do this in your abstract submission.
  • All presentations will be filmed
  • All presentation slides will be published online

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