We really enjoyed the South Pacific Passive House conference in Christchurch recently.
It was a real pleasure to meet the people behind the initiative, all from a variety of fields. With professionals ranging from engineers and scientists, to architects and authors, both the guests and the speakers provided great insight into the world of Passive House benchmarks.
Passive House is a building standard - it aims for peak comfort, energy efficiency, affordability and ecological sensitivity, resulting in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.
While to date there are only 8 certified Passive Houses in Australia and 11 in New Zealand, thousands of houses have been certified globally over the past 25 years.
The conference included the presentation of a number of case studies that clearly showed Passive Houses working as they were designed. Science met architecture and studies undertaken by many of the speakers concluded the exceptionally high performance that the Passive House design guidelines can achieve.
Exeter City Council in the UK sets a great example of this with their Passive House initiative, bringing high performing homes into their social housing construction initiatives. (Image right)