What Is An Energy Efficient Home?

To put it as simply as possible, it's finding out how a house loses it's energy after the sun has gone down, and stopping that from happening. The less it loses the less you have to put back into it! We use the 5 principles of Passive House to achieve this:

  1. Thermal insulation
  2. Windows
  3. Air tightness
  4. Adequate ventilation strategy
  5. Thermal bridging

With an energy efficient house, there will also be a whole range of economical ways of creating energy and heating the home, solar panels are just one of those.

What Are The Benefits Of Energy Efficient Homes?

 Building a new home to Passive House standards brings with it a multitude of benefits:

  • A healthy and quiet indoor environment
  • They stay warm in Winter
  • Keep cool in Summer
  • Reduces money spent on energy costs 

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Why Build An Energy Efficient Home With Whitehouse Builders?

We start with the design. We have a Passive House trained designer on our team and our director Robert Whitehouse is Passive House certified and trades certified. Having a team that understands from the start to the finish what they are trying to achieve cannot be overstated. Lack of understanding and failure of information being passed on from the Architect to the person physically doing the installing is what results in failures for other companies. This is why we employ our own carpenters and apprentices and constantly train them to understand exactly what needs to be done.

Energy Efficient Home Building Specialists

Whitehouse builders are proud to be one of the few companies able to build to a passive house standard. Our deep understanding of energy efficient building principles enables us to design and build homes that are healthy, comfortable and that will save you money in the long run.


Bath ensuite AOur Top Energy Efficient Add-Ons:

  • Foundation edge insulation

  • High R-value wall insulation

  • Solar PV panels

  • Draft reduction

  • Mechanical air exchange/air filter

  • Underfloor heating

  • Triple glazed windows


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Smart Insulation

All new houses should have insulation. Our advanced knowledge of energy efficient principles and how to apply these through proper insulation allows us to ensure that your home stays warm in winter and cool in summer.

Pay Now, Save Later

Up to 85% of the energy lost out of the floor can be lost through the foundation outside edge. We recommend mitigating heat loss by insulating your new homes foundation edges and using wall insulation with a high R-value.

As well as a nice cosy home, proper insulation will save you thousands in power in the future.

Mechanical Heat Exchange

Circulating the air in your home with a heat recovery ventilation systems ensures energy efficiency as it sustains a stable temperature and air quality throughout the house at all times.

Warm & Healthy

These systems also filter the air which enhances the homes air quality. This ensures a dry, healthy home for families.


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Future Proof Your New Home

In the near future, all homes will be built with energy efficiency in mind. As awareness and energy efficient technologies improve, building your next home with a specialist passive house builder makes sense. Through forward-thinking, you will save money on future energy expenses and provide a healthier environment for your family, all year round.

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Our experienced design team gives you the freedom to pick and choose any or all of the energy efficient add-ons which fit your budget. We will always strive to give you the cosiest, healthiest and most cost-effective solution possible. To learn more, visit our energy efficient home at  67 Te Rito street, Prestons, Christchurch - Open by appointment only. Please get in touch with us if you would like to arrange a viewing or to discuss your energy efficient build further with us today.


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