Passive Solar House

Tradeline Builders and Marine has just embarked on an innovative passive solar house build on the outskirts of Whangarei.  Tradeline are passionate about sustainable eco housing, the energy efficiency of your home and using passive design strategies.

The client introduced their architect, Duncan Firth of Solarei to Metrapanel after visiting Tradeline’s yard in Whangarei and speaking with Dale and Aaron about the vision they had for their retirement home. 

This 715sqm site is very steep, requiring engineered retaining walls to be completed prior to the house construction starting.  This also poised an issue with orientating the house on the site.  Typically, passive solar homes are orientated along the East West axis following the seasonal path of the sun.  Given the challenges faced with the site, the South North axis was chosen as the more practical and economic orientation for the home.

The 119sqm, architecturally designed home contains two bedrooms, a hobby room and open plan kitchen, living and dining. Along with the use of green technologies and features, including Metapanel floors and walls, one of which is a double 36mm wall that is 3.65m in height, this impressive home will eventually render the house energy ‘self-sufficient’. 

If you would like to learn more about the passive solar design of this house, click here to check out the case study on the Solarei website.

We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with this exciting build.