1st Open Construction Day

1st Open Construction Day

Are you interested to consume up to 90% less heating energy than a conventional house in New Zealand?

Come check out our passive house during construction in Orewa this Saturday (01 October 2022)

Here is the link to register on Facebook:



We hope you can be inspired and build a passive house that is energy-efficient, warm, and lasts for generations.
We look forward to seeing you there!


We hit a milestone in our building journey!
Today we had our traditional “Spatenstich” (ground-breaking ceremony). Nevermind the sandals
Our constructors are passive house specialist Izodom New Zealand, building for passive house certification and Homestar 8 or above. Keeping wastage to the minimum is one of the many sustainability goals.
We look very much forward to driving up week by week to see the progress of our beautiful home.
Webinar about consenting our passive house windows in New Zealand

Webinar about consenting our passive house windows in New Zealand

We hope it will help the industry to reduce delay, cost and speed up processes for future builds. Most importantly cost-savings to the end-customer in New Zealand.
Our window system (Gealan) with external shutters (Aluprof) is very common in Europe (60+ years) but yet relatively newish to the New Zealand market. There is always room to improve.
If you missed getting to see the webinar from Passive House Institute New Zealand about consenting our passive house windows with Sang Architects and August Millard or would like a rerun please find the recording and downloadable slides here:
The beginning of construction is near

The beginning of construction is near

We had to experience another winter in our owned leaky apartment unit. Bought the unit in 2016 and never imagined that the apartment complex built in 2009 would be part of the famous New Zealand leaky housing syndrome. The worse is that even now such poor quality homes are still being built, partially due to a lack of pride in delivering a genuine quality work/product to the end customer.

The good thing is that it will be remediated in 2022 (currently scheduled for April 2022) but the bad thing is that we might be homeless while waiting for our new home to be completed.

We now have the long-awaited Building and Resource Consent. More concerns about some practices and attitudes in the building industry but we will share some of them at a later stage. We want to celebrate this milestone for now. Thank you to everyone who was involved up to this stage so far.

A few more days to go before commencing earthwork activities on site. Stay tuned and let the construction begin!

The closing to a bad experience

The closing to a bad experience

Apologies for not updating earlier. It has been nearly a year since our last post.

We now can close our horrendous experience. Click on this link to the website article by Stuff:

eHaus ordered to pay couple 24000 over quote to build passive house

We had to take eHaus to the Disputes Tribunal where we could only make a maximum claim of $30K to at least get some money back. Overall, we still made a loss of nearly $20k, not considering the time wasted and stress.

It was, is, and will be important to voice out bad performances especially if the other party does not rectify the issues in an appropriate way.

It might be wishful, but our general belief is that businesses should adopt a mindset of taking responsibility and not charge customers for their own mistakes. Businesses should not blame others. It might be costly in the short-term, but it is an opportunity for further development. Set things right and ensure the customer knows they are valued and have a positive experience which will multiply into healthy success in the long-term.

A national database where you can rate builders would be beneficial. What about Google Reviews? Every restaurant has to accept negative comments so the building industry should be capable of the same.

We are moving forward from this and still determined to build a passive house.

Set back news

Set back news

We usually post positive & exciting news about our Wunderbar Passive House project.

We started our journey with eHaus since October 2018, and received our first quote to build our passive house in January 2019. Back then, we were so excited and could imagine it all happening.

In April 2020, eHaus provided pricing to build our passive house that was far beyond the figures they quoted (by 70% plus!!!). I literally fell off the chair!

In the last couple of months, while trying to find a way forward with eHaus, we felt we were doing all the compromising. The process eroded further the trust we placed in eHaus’ competency and professionalism. We had enough and have canceled our project with eHaus. We have asked eHaus to at least pay us back what we have paid to them and on reliance on their designs, as those are now completely useless to us. We feel that this is the only right thing for eHaus to do now. We shall see if eHaus will do so.

This experience has been disappointing and unfortunately adds to the bad news we hear about the New Zealand building industry. We are still figuring out what to do next, but hey at least we can put up a tent at our section this summer.

We will share more soon. We hope others don’t fall into the same traps.
Title for land received!

Title for land received!

Today we are officially a very proud landowner of our lot in the brand new Pacific Heights Development in Orewa.

Title received !

It took more than 7 months for the Auckland Council. We stayed positive & good things take time.

We now finalize the house design & pricing for our passive house. Stay tuned!

We don’t build houses. We are just a young couple wanting to inspire others to build healthy homes.

Passive House Institute Webinar

Passive House Institute Webinar

Prof. Dr. Feist said: Can we still solve the climate crisis? 

DEFINITELY: If we soon decide to act meaningfully. AND: We then act in accordance with this decision.

Last week we participated in an international webinar with the founder of Passive House Institute Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Feist. Very informative about the impressive passive house projects around the world. New Zealand has to speed up in building healthy homes.

The below graph is from Prof. Dr. Feist from the latest press release from The International Passive House Association

Theme: Overlay by Kaira Administrator: Team Wunderbar
Auckland, New Zealand