Are you looking for a local source of inspiration for Passive House or positive energy homes?

Within this new publication, Positive Energy Homes: Creating Passive Houses for Better Living, Dr Robin Brimblecombe and Dr Kara Rosemeier provide a guide to how positive energy living can be achieved, through homes that power themselves and empower their occupants.

Exploring the Passive House ‘fabric first’ approach, as well as the science and practicalities of effective ventilation strategies, smart options for heating and cooling, daylight harvesting, and efficient lighting and appliances, this soon to be available book promises to be:


  • An inspirational and achievable vision of the future of sustainable buildings
  • An introduction to the biology and physics behind great buildings, with theory and easy to understand examples
  • A holistic guide to all of the elements of a building that influence energy consumption
  • A holistic understanding of the elements that influence comfort, health and enjoyment in buildings
  • Empower the reader to make informed decisions for economically retrofitting or building a positive energy home

About the Authors

Dr Rob Brimblecombe is a practicing building scientist, who manages the Engineering and Sustainability team at Monash University, overseeing the design and delivery of energy efficiency retrofits and super-efficient solar-powered buildings. He lectures in energy efficiency and renewables and supervises a range of applied research projects in sustainable development. He is a certified Passive House Consultant, Green Star Accredited Professional and holds a PhD in Solar Energy.

Dr Kara Rosemeier is the chair of the Passive House Institute New Zealand, leads the Passive House Academy New Zealand and teaches building science in Auckland. Previously, she has been the director of an engineering consultancy, advised federal state government in Germany on matters of building energy efficiency, supported private clients on Passive Houses design, and supervised hundreds of retrofit projects. She holds a PhD in domestic air quality and ventilation, a Masters in Planning Practice (Hons) and a Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) in Architecture