Passive House

Jessop Architects designed and managed the build of the first certified Passive House in Australasia. They have since become New Zealand’s most recognised architects for designing energy efficient, low energy and zero energy homes that are warm, comfortable and aesthetically beautiful.

Our Passive House design philosophy

Our practice concentrates on good design that is innovative, imaginative, and pushes the boundaries for residential and commercial projects. Recently we have been focusing on how New Zealand homes can be better insulated and energy efficient, while maintaining a high quality design.

The team at Jessop Architects have the knowledge and experience with the issues and importance surrounding Passive Design homes, including how to work best with councils. With some of the world’s leading technology in Passive design right at our finger tips, we believe that our practice now has the ability to compete on an international level in this area.

The first Passive House in Australasia was a collaborative journey between Jessop Architects, Philip Ivanier (home owner), and a specialised team including University of Auckland and Auckland Council. This innovative and prestigious house, located in Glendowie, Auckland, has won the 2015 Architectural Merits Award for the South Pacific House Conference and was also a 2014 finalist in the International Passive House Awards.

International Passive House Awards Finalist 2014
South Pacific Passive House Winner 2015

Understanding the
Passive House


The rise of Coolhouse

Darren Jessop saw a need in the New Zealand housing market to deliver homes that are low energy, sustainable, healthy, affordable and durable, but are also beautiful to look at and live in.

Coolhouse is his collection of contemporary modular homes, with preset plans to suit a variety of lifestyles. All six Coolhouses use Passive House building technologies, prefab construction and green, sustainable practices. Healthier for you and kinder to the environment, the Coolhouse is here to improve our future living standards.

To find out more, see or go directly to the Coolhouse Collection