IDEAL House – New Zealand

Project Goals: Certified Passive House, Positive Energy & 8/10 Homestar design. Proudly supported by IDEAL Electrical Suppliers.

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We were greatly pleased on Wednesday last week to finally get Council consent through for the project. Once the final construction drawings are issued (with some fine changes from Council) in the next day or so, our builder Palladium Homes will be able to book everything in and get the timeline underway. Going well we hope to be breaking ground and getting underway in the next 1-2 weeks, and then the fun begins!


Heat exchanged ventilation

With consent hopefully days away, we finalise the details for the ventilation system. We’re using a Passiv Haus certified system from Germany, called Zhender.

The Zhender system will bring in fresh air from outside, and pass it through a heat exchanger venting warm/humid air to the inside – but keeping the energy in the home. This is a balanced system, and quite different from the common Positive Pressure systems which often force air in from your attic into the home, and force the warm air outside. The system we have chosen has hard ducting, not the flexible type which can trap dust and dirt, and are impossible to clean, and has a retail value of around $14,000+GST, plus another couple of thousand for professional installation and commissioning. In fact, you can’t buy these “out of a box”, as the airflow has to be properly balanced. In some respects, it’s the heart of the home and will ensure excellent air quality, which we’ll be monitoring with CO2 and humidity sensors thanks to the assistance from the University of Auckland.

Click here for the designs which show where the system extracts the air (bathrooms, laundries, kitchen) and where it feeds it back in again. Being completely sealed from the outside, we maintain our air-tightness.

Other documents on the system you can download:

ComfoAir CA550¬†(note we’re installing the slightly smaller ComfoAir 350).

Spec Sheet – ComfoPipe


Spec Sheet – Flat 51 Manifold

Spec Sheet – Flat-51 Ducting

Spec Sheet CK300 Duct

Zehnder ComfoAir_brochure