The brief from this client was to 'convert an old automotive garage into a Wellness Centre and Yoga studio' - complete with a cafe at the front. They wanted a quiet, healthy space that was warm all year round for their customers, so the PHI EnerPHit option was the natural approach. EnerPHit is the established standard for refurbishment of existing buildings using the Passive House approach and PHPP energy modelling tool. The Passive House Standard often cannot be feasibly achieved in older buildings due to various difficulties. Refurbishment to the EnerPHit Standard using Passive House components for all relevant structural elements in such buildings leads to extensive improvements with respect to thermal comfort, structural integrity, cost-effectiveness and energy requirements. Despite the slightly higher energy demand, it offers vmost of the advantages of the Passive House standard. The final result is a beautiful space enjoyed by many right in the heart of Whanganui city. The cafe (previously called the Petre dish) is now fine dining and vegan friendly. The Greenhouse Aotearoa is all about 'changing the health stats in New Zealand by encouraging good eating'. Health is at the forefront of this business which fits perfectly into the health and comfort this low energy building provides.
Every one of our projects are energy modelled using the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). It's through this powerfully clever tool that we can accurately calculate just how much heat energy every eHaus will save when compared to a similarly- sized typical new home, built in the same climate region.
We believe that our homes should have a big impact on the way we live, but little impact on the land. We've calculated the amount of carbon our homes have saved through energy efficiency from move in day 'til now. At their core, eHaus' are built with the elimination of carbon emissions in mind - so we're not only creating healthy, comfy & high performing homes, but spaces that don't cost the earth.