Passive House

Oculus is passionate about quality design and quality housing, so therefore design buildings with comfort, health, efficiency and performance at the forefront of design.

Passive House design not only helps achieve a healthy and comfortable home, but also minimises the requirement of energy that is consumed in a standard home.

If you are building a new home or renovating an existing, talk to us about how you can build efficiently.

A certified passive house is comfortable to live in all year round, 24 hours a day, in all rooms throughout the house in all rooms. The surface temperatures of walls, windows and ceilings are all designed to prevent condensation and mould growth, with no draughts or wind rushing through your home.

The internal environment is maintained at between 20-25 degC, and constant, filtered and tempered fresh air is brought into the home to manage humidity and internal contaminants.

This comfortable and healthy home environment is maintained at an energy cost of just 15kWh/m2/year, or for a typical house about $650 a year.

It turns out that designing to Passive House standards for apartment buildings in Auckland isn’t that difficult. In fact, it can be more cost effective than complying with the government’s healthy housing standards, and results in a far healthier building than what the these standards do.

It just means we should be designing and building differently to what is normally done in New Zealand.