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Passive house vs passive solar design

New Zealand has seen a lot of new developments in the last few years from people in the architectural and building community, many of whom seem to be getting on the green bandwagon – and about time too!

One particular green building subject, the so-called passive house (or Passivhaus) movement is growing with intensity and is fast becoming the catch cry of best practice standard for residential building design in New Zealand. Many people have heard about the passive house movement and most believe it to be the highest standard for energy efficiency house design – and it certainly is – regardless of whether it is needed.


Passive house is a building methodology that combines technology, design and components. It was

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