International Passive House Open Days

Location: Nationwide

Event details

Dates: 28 – 30 June 2024

What is it?

The Passive House Open Days is an event organised globally  by the International Passive House Association,  where owners open their homes and offices to the public to experience first-hand what a Passive House building feels like and to learn more information about building to the Passive House standard.

From 28 – 30 June 2024, Passive House homeowners and businesses invite the public to experience Passive House buildings, both residential and non-residential, for themselves, to enjoy the comfortable interior temperatures, view the ventilations system, ask questions and consider the range of possibilities of Passive House for your own building projects.

Why participate in this?

This is an excellent opportunity to share your journey to design and build a world class home or office, promote this way of building and what you have loved about the process and living in a Passive House.

Designers, builders, consultants, trades persons and suppliers involved in the project may be onsite to share their knowledge and experience about ultra comfortable, healthy and energy efficient buildings and answer any questions about the project.

Passive House Owners

The Open Days really come alive if there are many participating projects to view. Only through the generosity of current Passive House owners can others experience the benefits of Passive House first-hand. PHINZ understands the effort this can take and fully appreciates those willing to spread the word through the most motivating avenue of all: hands-on personal experience.

Projects can be at any stage – from under construction to fully occupied. Registration is free of charge.

When you participate in the International Passive House Open Days 2024, you can add your project to the International PHI world map.

Have you participated in previous Passive House Open Days and your project is not on the map? You can contact PHI directly at info@passivehouse-international.org to have your past project added.

  • To participate in the Passive House Open Days 2024, please register your project with us by completing the registration form.

    You can submit a live, in-person tour or event or offer online tours, Q&A sessions or webinars. Projects can be at various stages – from fully occupied to under construction. Registration is free of charge . 

Te Ika-a-Māui – North Island

Lower Saddle Passive House

Where: 274 Tahekeroa Road, Tahekaroa 0873

A low cost, high performance, healthy home which is both Passive House Certified and Homestar v5 10* rated.

3 years on the building is performance as designed, with a recent addition of a solar system. Come and see what a compact, rural, low carbon Passive House can be like, along with the additions of solar, rain water harvesting, and a range of site works including rewilding, orchards, and development using permaculture principles.
When: Friday 28th 10am-3pm, Saturday 29th 10am-3pm
Booking required: email joseph@respondarchitects.co.nz
Visitor notes: Sturdy footwear – it’s a rural section and may be muddy.

Database listing: https://passivehouse-database.org/index.php?lang=en#d_6641

Mountain View House

SIPS construction with large wrap around verandah

In construction
Where: Stratford, Taranaki

When: Friday 28th 10am-3pm, Saturday 29th 10am-3pm
Booking required: Bill 021 210 9462, email willandlizquarrie@gmail.com
Visitor notes: Access is at the end of a long driveway, drive past large shed. Construction in progress, rough ground, suitable footwear required.

Database listing:

Manurere Rise Property

PHI Low Energy Building

Architect – Sang Architects. Builder – Bruyere Passive Homes
Where: Tinopai

When: Saturday 29th 10am-3pm
Booking required: Ryan Whittle 021777834 or ryanwhittle0@gmail.com
Visitor notes: Gumboots if you want to wander around outside

Database listing:

Maria’s House
Passive House Plus

60m2 off-grid minor dwelling

Architect and Passive House Consultant – Build Good Architecture. Builder – Build Good Construction Consultancy

Engineers – Greer Consulting Engineers

Where: Tairua, Coromandel Peninsula

When: Sunday 30th 10am-4pm
Booking required: steve@buildgood.co.nz
Visitor notes: None
Database listing:

Martins Farmhouse
Passive House Classic

A deliberately small house nestled into a rural landscape, constructed from traditional building materials sourced locally: NZ-grown timber, earth plasters, strawbale walls, light earth walls, natural oil finishes. Painstakingly designed to suit owners’ long-term plans and preferences. Wheelchair accessible.

Where: Okoia, Whanganui

When: Saturday 29th 1pm-2pm, Sunday 30th 10am-2pm
Booking required: martinsfarmhouse@fastmail.com
Visitor notes: Rural location, access to property is via a steep metalled driveway. Landscaping still underway—please wear sensible shoes. Not well-suited to small children.
Database listing:

Te Waipounamu – South Island

Clulow House
PHI Low Energy Building

Where: 105 West Meadows Drive, Wanaka 9305

When: Saturday 29th 1:30pm-3pm
Booking required: not required
Visitor notes: Please remove shoes before entering the house
Database listing:

Woodlau Rise Passive House
A classic mid-century architectural form with the added bonus of being a Certified Passive House! Woodlau Rise Passive House is a two storey, 3 bedroom home, certified Passive House Classic.  The house also has a 9 star Homestar Design rating and incorporates LifeMark design principles to provide level access living in a hill side home. Besides the Stiebel Eltron LWZ180 mechanical heat recovery ventilator (MHVR), the only supplementary heating is a 1.5kW panel heater.  Hot water is provided via a Stiebel Eltron 300 litre heatpump hot water cylinder and a 10,000 litre water tank collects rain water for flushing of toilets, washing machine and irrigation. Come and see for yourself other great design features to inspire your next home, such as switchable glass, a secret climbing wall and window seat.
Where: 22 Woodlau Rise, Huntsbury, Christchurch
When: Saturday 29th 10am – 4pm, Sunday 30th 10am – 2pm
Booking required: email Glenn glenn@theca.nz
Visitor notes: Remove your shoes at the door.
Database listing:
PHINZ listing: https://passivehouse.nz/directory-projects/listing/woodlau-rise-passive-house/

Russ Drive
Certified Passive House Build

Architect – Design Workshop Architecture

Builder – Edwards & Co. Builders

Where: Christchurch
When: Saturday 29th 10am – 1pm
Booking required: email liam@edandcobuilders.co.nz
Visitor notes: None
Database listing:
PHINZ listing:

The Dunlop Hub. Office and workshop for Dunlop Builders in Wanaka.
Passive House Plus certified
Where: 13 Venture Crescent, Wanaka
When: Fri 28th, 10am – 11am
Booking required: no booking required but registration preferred jess@dunlopbuilders.co.nz
Visitor notes: None
Database listing: https://passivehouse-database.org/index.php?lang=en#d_7249
PHINZ listing:

Bushland Park
Passive House Plus

Consultant and Architect: Meta Architects; Builder: Ethos Homes; Certifier: Sustainable Engineering
Where: 8 Bushland Place, Westmorland, Christchurch
When: Sun, 30th, 10am – 1pm
Booking required: No
Visitor notes: Please remove shoes at front door
Database listing: https://passivehouse-database.org/index.php?lang=en#d_6923
PHINZ listing: