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There’s so much to learn about Passive Houses and so many views. We learned that there is no one single definition of a Passive House, and so you get to choose where on the continuum you would like to aim for. Of course, the gold standard is to achieve certification from the PassivHaus Institute in Germany.

This page will provide links to websites and resources that we have found useful as we have made this journey.

Industry Bodies or Organisations:

Passiv Haus Institute, Germany

Passive House Institute of New Zealand

International Passive House Association – in particular this page which links to a fantastically informative brochure

Passipedia – an excellent resource of articles and checklists and plain English explanations offered by the Passive House Institute

EnerPHit – information on achieving passive house standards when retrofitting an existing house or refurbishing during renovations or building work

Level – website dedicated to sustainable building, including passive designing, set up and funded by BRANZ, the building research body of New Zealand


Potwine Passive House – built in New England, USA, this blog is written by the owner who is a university lecturer and so really knows how to explain things well! He has great descriptions and diagrams on his blog and his house is now complete and occupied.

Homestyle Green – a NZ blog/podcast with commentary participation from many of the thought leaders on the passive house subject

The Reno Coach – a Canadian website that discusses a passive house project in Toronto

Target Health – article on a passive house in Vermont

Facebook Pages 

Passive House in New Zealand

Passive House Academy New Zealand – this page has some really interesting articles. Beware! You will lose a few hours if you start to read this page!

International Passive House Association


Architecture Now, NZ, September 2015

House Beautiful, Canadian publication article about the first passive house on Vancouver Island

Christchurch The Press, passive house built in Christchurch, NZ (achieved certification in March 2016)