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What is Passive House (Passivhaus)?

What is Passive House? “Passive House” refers to the international Passive House Standard, sometimes also referred to using the German spelling “Passivhaus”. The Passive House Standard is often referred to as “the world‘s leading standard in energy efficient design.” And usually, a description of the standard includes details of the specific technical requirements. The Passive House Standard is an international, rigorous, scientific, performance standard for the design and construction of energy efficient buildings. It applies to all kinds of buildings, not just houses. However, the Passive House Standard is not just about the technical requirements of energy efficient design, it encompasses: Comfort Energy Efficiency, and Quality Assurance What do Comfort,… Read More

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Passive House at Home & Interiors 2017

If you are planning to build it is important you research all the aspects of buying land, designing a home, choosing fittings and finishes, getting building consent and finally getting your home built. It takes a lot of time and there is a lot to learn. One way to learn about many of these aspects is to visit a home show. The trouble is, many home shows are a wide-ranging mixture of ‘lifestyle’ products and services and it can be tiring and difficult to find relevant information and help. Home & Interiors is different. Home & Interiors is focused exclusively on homeowners looking for upmarket inspiration and solid advice for every step… Read More

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Passive House Cat Door

Can you get a Passive House Cat Door? Prospective Passive House homeowners often have a lot of questions. And rightly so, there are many new things to know about designing, building and living in a Passive House compared to a typical Kiwi house. One regular question is: can we get a Passive House Cat Door? The answer is: Yes.   There is this very high-tech option from petWALK in Austria. It is designed for use in airtight, houses with controlled ventilation, such as a Passive House. It comes in a variety of sizes, colours, designs and with numerous accessories. It is suitable for both cats and dogs, installation in solid… Read More

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Passive House: Fresh Air

Passive House architecture can transform your quality of life by providing optimum living conditions with minimal energy costs. Most NZ houses have poor-quality indoor air, are cold and draughty in winter and too hot in summer. For your health and quality of life, your home should have excellent indoor air quality all year-round, should be draught-free, and should be pleasantly warm in winter and pleasantly cool in summer. Passive House architecture ensures these outcomes for your quality of life and peace of mind. If you’re thinking of building a new home, make it a Passive House. Transform your quality of life, VIA architecture.

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Collaborate with a Passive House expert

Are you an architect or designer working on a Passive House design? Do your clients ask you about Passive House? We collaborate with architects and designers to ensure that your design can meet the international Passive House Standard and exceed client expectations. We bring an architectural design sensibility to Passive House design and modelling. We don’t restrict your creativity, we enhance and complement it. Think of Passive House as a design constraint, not a compromise forced on your design. Ready to take the next step? Give us a call on +64 22 416 9499 or send us an email.

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The services we offer

VIA architecture is a specialist residential architectural practice. We do two things: Design high-performance homes. Think “Porsche” for houses. Beautiful, modern, world-class comfort, world class energy efficiency. The best technology under the hood. Support other architects designing high-performance architecture. Not every architect has the specialist knowledge and expertise needed to deliver high-performance design. We’re the specialists, we bring it to them. We use the international Passive House standard and design methodology to design high-performance architecture.  We transform your quality of life by designing a home that provides optimum living conditions with minimal energy costs. Specific services we offer: Feasibility studies Full architectural services from project inception to completion with integrated Passive… Read More

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