IDEAL House – New Zealand

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


For the kids

We have just completed an external and internal photo shoot for an 11 page feature in Trends Magazine, due out this month. Yes, 11 pages! We can’t wait to see it in print! Keep a look out for it in the shops soon.

We worked furiously to get the home ready, which actually forced us to get the home mostly prepared for the grand opening being firmed up early November. We’re looking to host a networking event with industry presentations at Westpac in town, and then ferry out to the house for a tour and a toast. Please write to us if you are interested in attending, and would like an invitation once the details are firmed up. We’re also working with Westpac to get signage prepared for the garage and around the house to make it as educational as possible and share our learnings over the past 2-3 years.

Our Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is performing beautifully, even if we haven’t got the solar panels commissioned yet, so it’s being charged off the grid not locally. We’re not going to want to give it back! A contractor from Contact Energy turned up yesterday to finally install the import/export meter (after 9 weeks of waiting), only to realise that Contact gave him the wrong meter…so we start over again. David Firth from Power Technology sent me the best email in a long time when he found out…“(Smack), that was the sound of my hand hitting my head.”

I can’t emphasise just how amazing the home is to live in, and when I see the kids running around in t-shirts and shorts, warm and comfortable when it’s blustery and freezing outside is amazing. I know that there are 5:1 healthcare payback ratios for insulating cold houses, and something of this stable temperature and air-quality must be even higher. What price do you put on the health and well-being of your children? Every time I look at them in the home I just smile, and realise that this journey was more for them, than it was for us. The challenge is to now influence mainstream building in NZ (which to be honest, is mediocre at best) – for everyone else’s kids.

The last of the natives and the amazing selection of food producing plants from Incredible Edibles (Tharfield Nursary) will get planted this weekend, weather (and birthday celebrations) permitting. Then we have to tackle the greenhouse assembly… We will hold off posting more¬†pictures until the Trends magazine has circulated (a professional with a wide angle lens makes it look so much better), however a couple of amateur teaser shots follow;








(Yes, there’s a cover missing from the left of our 32-amp Juicepoint which we’re getting shortly).