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Passive House, passive solar: what’s the difference?

by Pete Bielski, Ethos Homes managing director The Ethos Homes team enjoyed hosting Open Days at Bushland Park in November. We had a great turnout of people who were well-informed and keen to learn more. There were some really good…

What makes a Passive House?

It’s not the insulation By Rachel Rose for Ethos Homes What defines a certified Passive House? Mechanical ventilation An air-tight building wrap High levels of insulation None of the above Surprised that the correct answer is D? The Passive House…

Why Passive House costs more

How much? The answer is, it depends. By Peter Bielski, Ethos Homes managing director I am proud of our team, our company and the reputation we have earnt delivering quality, high performance homes. We build to the certified Passive House…

Bringing a vision to life: a healthy, joyful home that fits perfectly [Part 3]

Nadia and Gavin Sole live in a certified Passive House home in Richmond, Christchurch built by Ethos homes. (Read Part 1 and Part 2 of their story).   Material choices The Sole Passivhaus is noteworthy for the considered choice of…

Bringing a vision to life: a healthy, joyful home that fits perfectly [Part 2]

Nadia and Gavin Sole live in a certified Passive House home in Richmond, Christchurch built by Ethos homes. (Read Part 1 of their story) Certification Nadia had no doubt about the value of certifying their home. “Anyone can say, ‘built…

Bringing a vision to life: a healthy, joyful home that fits perfectly [Part 1]

“You build like this because you have a commitment to better housing, not just for yourself but for everyone.” —Nadia Sole Nadia and Gavin Sole live in a certified Passive House home in Richmond, Christchurch built by Ethos Homes. They…

Choosing the right materials to create the best possible home

Or, why I don’t use SIPs By Peter Bielski, managing director, Ethos Homes |  03 September 2021 Wool insulation, made from the fleece of the sheep grazing in the next door paddock, not fibreglass.  The most natural paints you can…

Amazing indoor air quality

Reason #1 to choose a certified Passive House home By Amanda Bielski, Ethos Homes |  01 September 2021 Spring is officially here and it’s wonderful … unless you suffer from seasonal allergies, as increasing numbers of people seem to.  The…

Get what you paid for

Or why the Passive House certificate matters By Rachel Rose, for Ethos Homes |  21 August 2021 Passive House is a standard for radically energy-efficient buildings: like homes that use up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling, while…