This section contains many resources from PHINZ and from other organisations around the world. Check them out and know more about Passive Houses and how to implement them in New Zealand!

Resources from PHINZ

Everything you always wanted to know about Passive Houses in New Zealand

A new concise guide for people in New Zealand who would like to learn more about the how and why of Passive House, as well as the benefits of building a Passive House

How to account for thermal bridges

A guide on how to calculate linear thermal bridges in Passive Houses with THERM

Measuring Airtightness in New Zealand Passive Houses

A guide listing all the requirements for testing and measuring airtightness in NZ, to comply with AS/NZS ISO 9972:2015 and the Passive House standard

Passive House & the NZ Building Code

The PHINZ position paper on what a Certified Passive House is, the status of housing in New Zealand, issues with the NZ Building Code as it stands and issues with other suggested approaches to improving it

SPPHC17 Resources

Papers and presentations from the South Pacific Passive House Conference 2017 for download.

High-performance Buildings at Scale

Q&A with Chris Higgins (Green Building Planner for the City of Vancouver), Emma Osmundsen (Managing Director Exeter City Living Ltd.) Hosted by Kara Rosemeier (PHINZ) with special guest Alex Baker (Sustainability Programme Manager at Kāinga Ora)

Claiming the Passive House Standard

A technical briefing document outlining relevant NZ law and clarifying PHINZ’s position on claims of the “Passive House Standard” and how the terms “Passive House” and “Passivhaus” should be used in Aotearoa NZ.

How to Talk About Passive House

A checklist for our members to help advocate for Passive House by communicating its proven benefits using accurate and compelling story-telling.

Resources from other organisations

Active for more comfort: Passive House

An informational brochure created by iPHA on the benefits and requirements of Passive Houses

How to Build a Passivhaus: rules of thumb

A guide from the Passivhaus Trust which highlights the key aspects of designing to the Passivhaus standard and the do’s and don’ts on how to successfully build a Passivhaus

Passivhaus: an Introduction

An introductory guide from the Passivhaus Trust which provides an overview of the Passivhaus standard, how it can be achieved, how to get started

Step-by-step retrofits with Passive House Components

Not only new buildings! This document from the Passive House Institute Germany highlights the benefits of a Passive House for existing buildings as well

Why choose Passivhaus?

A publication from the Passivhaus Trust which addresses some of the questions and misconceptions that have been raised around Passivhaus

Criteria for the Passive House, EnerPHit and PHI Low Energy Building Standard

This document contains the complete criteria for the energy standards for buildings as defined by the Passive House Institute (PHI).