Passive House Open Days 2021

Location: Aotearoa NZ
Date: 25-27 June 2021
Cost: Free

Event details

The International Passive House Open Days are here again 25-27 June 2021. We are hopeful that covid conditions in Aotearoa NZ will allow these to take place in person this year.

Opening your home or project to the public is a wonderful way of helping others experience and understand the comfort and efficiency of Passive House buildings. PHINZ appreciates your time, effort and generosity in making this opportunity available for people through your participation in the Open Days.

Please be aware that some sites may still be under construction.  Suitable footwear and clothing will be required. Please follow all instructions given by the location organisers.

If you have a Passive House project completed or in construction and you’d like to take part, please register as soon as possible here:



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Passive House Open Days 2021 participating Passive Houses

North Island

Lower Saddle Passive House

A passive house on a budget, putting the money into a high performing envelope, with a robust interior that can develop & grow with the family.

Opening times
Friday 25th: 9am – 6pm  flexible
Saturday 26th: 9am – 4pm  flexible
Sunday 27th: 9am – 4pm  flexible

Address: 274 Tahekeroa Road, Makarau

Booking: Yes – Please book with Joseph Lyth at  joseph@respondarchitects.co.nz

Instructions: Boots – it may be muddy!

PH Designer: Respond Architects
Construction: Kane Build Group
Certification: Sustainable Engineering Ltd
Certification Level: PH Classic

Piha House

This EnerPhit renovation is a 2-storey 4-bedroom 345-sqm house on an elevated site on Auckland’s West Coast, facing west with expansive views of Piha and Lion Rock. EnerPhit has been developed for refurbishments of existing buildings as it is not always possible to achieve full Passive House standard like it is for new constructions. EnerPhit is the Quality-Approved Energy Retrofit with Passive House Components Certificate.

Opening times
Friday 25th: not open
Saturday 26th: 10am – 3pm
Sunday 27th: 10am – 3pm

Address: 124A Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland

Booking: Yes – Please book with Mei Ling Lee at meilinglee@sangarchitects.com

Instructions: This is a building site, please be responsible for your children. Visits are limited to 1 hour. There is limited parking up the driveway.

PH Designer: Sustainable Engineering Ltd
Architect: Sang Architects
Construction: Bruyere Ltd
Certification: PHI Darmstadt Germany
Certification Level: EnerPhit

Legacy Project

The idea of multi-generational living became the starting point for the Legacy Project. Family comes first is the basis of this build. There are three sets of clients made up of active parents and the growing families of their two children. They want to live in their own houses that also allow for daily interaction. Their brief is to build four apartments on a 650sqm site which includes a rental unit.

Opening times
Friday 25th: not open
Saturday 26th: 10am – 2pm
Sunday 27th: not open

Address: 3 Adonis Place, Half Moon Bay, Auckland

Booking: No booking necessary

Instructions:  It is a building site so please come with closed shoes and follow builders’ instructions.

PH Designer: Sang Architects
Construction: Helicon Construction
Certification: Sustainable Engineering Ltd
Certification Level: PH Classic

The Burrow Passive House

This 660 square metre, 3-storey home in Cockle Bay, Auckland is designed and built to Passive House standards and is on track to meet certification. This project is still under construction, with the external cladding currently in progress, giving the perfect opportunity to showcase the design and construction details required for a Passive home.

Opening times
Friday 25th: not open
Saturday 26th: not open
Sunday 27th:   9am – 4pm

Address: 6 Fenton Terrace , Cockle Bay, Auckland

Booking: Yes – Please email or phone Toby Tilsley to confirm your booking: toby@crafthomes.co.nz, 02102553091

Tours will be run every hour, on the hour.

Instructions: This project is still under construction. Please wear closed toe footwear and follow all instructions on site.

Designer: KVA Architecture
PH Consultant: VIA Architecture
Construction: Craft Homes Ltd
Certification: Sustainable Engineering Ltd
Certification Level: PH Plus

South Island

Fairfield Office

It may be small at only 55m2, but there are many things we love about our wee office. We always wanted to create not just a space to take work away from the “home office” but a space that would be open, welcoming, interesting and showcase some of the things we love, like SIP’s, timber and simply showing practically the benefits of building Better Homes. Going through the process of the design review, conducted by Jason Quinn at Sustainable Engineering, has been the most invaluable part of the experience. Knowing what we can do better, what to look out for next time and what factors help create a high performing building. Are you interested in building a passive house here in Marlborough? Get in touch to book your visit to the Passive House Open Days today. Look forward to seeing you soon.

Opening times
Friday 25th: not open
Saturday 26th: 10am – 4pm flexible but please pre-book
Sunday 27th: 10am – 4pm flexible but please pre-book

Address: 87 Middle Renwick Road, Blenheim

Booking: Yes – please contact Katja Thompson on 0221676082, or info@fairfieldconstruction.co.nz

Instructions: Closed shoes required. The office build is currently under construction. Please be responsible for your children.

Design: Palatchie Architecture + Design
PH Design: Sustainable Engineering Ltd
Construction: Fairfield Construction Ltd
Certification: Detail Green, Australia
Certification Level: PHI Low Energy Building

Woodlau Rise Home

Opening times
Friday 25th: not open
Saturday 26th: 10am – 4pm
Sunday 27th: 10am – 4pm

Address: 22 Woodlau Rise, Huntsbury, Christchurch

Booking: No booking necessary.

Instructions: Closed shoes required. This is a project nearing the end of construction, please take appropriate care.

Design: Theca Architecture
Construction: Third Little Pig
Certification: Sustainable Engineering Ltd
Certification Level: PH Classic

Threepwood House

NZIA 2021 Southern Awards Winner of the Small Project Architecture category.   Set just outside of Arrowtown on a north facing slope, this small passive house is our family home and architecture studio.

Opening times
Friday 25th: not open
Saturday 26th: not open
Sunday 27th: 10am – 4pm

Address: 36 Jane Williams Place, Lake Hayes Queenstown RD1, 9371

Booking: No booking necessary.
Instructions: The access to the property is via Speargrass Flat then the North side of Slopehill Road – Google maps sometimes sends people to the wrong Slopehill Road (there are two). If you come via the Slopehill Road which comes off Lower Shotover Road you will not be able to get here. So come via Speargrass Flat/Slopehill Road.

Design: Team Green Architects
Mechanical Engineer: DCD Limited
Certification: Sustainable Engineering Ltd
Certification Level: PH Plus

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