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Martins Farmhouse

Fordell, New Zealand
1185 No 2 Line Fordell Manawatu-Wanganui 4577 NZ

This innovative Straw Bale Passive House near Whanganui is nestled into a north-facing slope with sweeping rural views. The home will generate its own power and be surrounded by a tree nursery, gardens, orchards and an integrated low-impact wastewater system. This small, steep farm is being planted in high-value forestry species which will be managed under a continuous canopy. The client’s brief was particular; she and her partner wanted a small, perfectly formed home that is highly functional. A highlight is the library, a multi-purpose space with a large day bed tucked under generous windows.

Building type:
Single-family residential
Project phase:
Under construction
Certification type:
Passive House Classic
Year of construction:
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Team members

Business Role
Energy Architecture NZ Ltd Architect/Designer
David Brown Building Ltd Contractor/Builder
Energy Architecture NZ Ltd Passive House Designer/Consultant
Sustainable Engineering Ltd Passive House Certifier
eZED Structural Engineer
Hiberna Ltd Straw Bale consultant
Straw Home Straw Bale contractor

Project suppliers

Suppliers Supplied products
ECOWINDOWS Windows and Doors
STIEBEL ELTRON Ventilation/Hot water
Terra Lana Roof insulation
Pro Clima New Zealand Airtightness membranes