Off Grid Passive Inspired House at Gundaroo

With thanks to Michael Mobbs at and Sue & Danny O’Brian we would like to share an article written by the owners of a new PassiveHouse (Passivhaus) inspired house near Canberra.


This is a great read for those interested in building a new home in Australia, particularly though in colder climates such as Gundaroo & Canberra.


“In order to minimise our need for energy to heat the house during Canberra winters, when solar energy is in (relatively) short supply, we decided to build to PassivHaus standard. In other words, we’ve built a house in Canberra with NO heater….. and we’re not mad.”


“We’ve been in the house for 2 months now, and through warm sunny days, gloomy days and overnight temperatures of -6oC, the house has really shown that it is delivering on the promise. The temperature has not dropped below 19.2 degrees (even with the freezing nights) and has stabilised at a comfortable 21-23 oC during gloomy days and cool nights.”


Find the full article below:


Bungendore Passivhaus Evening

The lights came on and the heaters whirred at the Bungendore School of Arts last Wednesday evening as 10 interested souls braved the night chills to learn about the principles of Passivhaus design and construction at a free Public Information evening conducted by Andreas, Glen and staff from LAROS Technologies.


The basic design principles and technologies for seamless thermal breaking, rigorous air sealing, energy recovery ventilation and control of solar gain through external blinds were discussed, and many folk expressed their appreciation for coming to understand the ‘package of ideas’ that go together to make a house with outstanding comfort, health and the smallest energy footprint – a Passivhaus.


Those with an ongoing interest to see just how Passivhaus designs and technologies can be incorporated into either a new build, or retrofit to an existing building, joined the Passivhaus Tour on Saturday afternoon, and saw, and felt, for themselves how these design principles come together to make comfortable, quiet and visually appealing homes.


If you’re thinking of building your new home, or want to find out what can be done to improve the comfort and energy footprint for your existing home, you may be interested to start with a look at resources at, and then perhaps book a time to come and visit the office at 2/5 Bodalla Place, Fyshwick (just opposite the Fyshwick Post Office) to discuss what can be achieved.

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Doepfner Triple-Glazed Windows – Noise Reduction / Acoustic Glazing

Ever wondered what kind of difference cialis online the glass you install makes in your building?

View our new video to see the kind of noise reduction you can expect with thermally-broken, triple-glazing by

LAROS Technologies: Demonstrating acoustic suppression when using triple-glazed, thermally-broken windows.

The dog barking sound recording was used to illustrate the significant noise reduction when properly implemented, thermally-broken, triple-glazed windows are installed, alleviating excessive external noise when in the privacy of your own home.

Customise your order to be exactly how you wish them to look with a broad range of timbers, internal finishes, external alu-clad profiles and colours. European elegance and performance, available in Australia.

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LUNOS has won the Award for the Most Innovative Brand of the Year

LUNOS is Most Innovative Brand of the Year

On June 23, the Plus X Award Night was held in Bonn. 350 invited guests sat in the stunning location of the old Bundestag eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners.

The host Donatella Brandt welcomed the guests and gave the floor to the judges who presented the award to the winners in the various categories.

In the category of air conditioning and ventilation, LUNOS Lüftungstechnik GmbH was honoured as most innovative brand of the year. Michael Merscher, Technical Director, and Michael Steckenborn, Chief Designer, accepted the golden trophy on stage.

LUNOS received this year’s Plus X Award for the new glass screens, the Silvento ec, the e²neo and the Nexxt in 4 to 6 categories each. The Silvento ec and the Nexxt were even honoured as Product of the Year 2016/2017. Moreover LUNOS was elected Handwerksmarke des Jahres (crafts business brand of the year), an award that confirms the good service and customer satisfaction at LUNOS.

Read more here.

Find the LAROS Technologies’ LUNOS Decentralised Energy Recovery Ventilation page here to find out more about the LUNOS products.

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Another successful windows delivery at Garran, ACT

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2 Months Old ERV Filter

Thanks to Harley Truong of H3 Space for sharing a photo of his energy recovery ventilation (ERV) filter after two months of use in his airtight passive house. ERV systems filter fresh air before ducting it into the house.

Canberra’s air has never looked so dirty!

Check your ERV filters today & Contact us to order your new filters.

German Tripled Glazed Windows Arrived

A fresh delivery of German Tripled Glazed Windows arrives today in Fyshwick.
What do you think of the colour combination of the timber and the aluminium?


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True As Maintenance Contractors achieves Passive House Airtightness in Gundaroo

CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Howick of True-As Maintenance Contractors for achieving an airtightness of 0.5 ACH (air changes per hour) on a recent build!!!

Paul and the team at True-As Maintenance Contractors achieved this result in a blower door test conducted on 4th of March 2016 in a new build in Gundaroo, about 40 minutes from Canberra

0.5 ACH is a world leading level of airtightness and meets the passive house standard.  This is about 20 times more airtight than a modern conventional build.

This was Paul’s first attempt at building ‘airtight’ and is a testament to his attention to detail.  It also shows that builders can achieve exceptionally high levels of air tightness with the right products and application method.

Congratulations again to Paul and his apprentices of True As Maintenance Contractors!


If you wish to congratulate Paul you can contact him on the details below.

Paul Howick – True As Maintenance Contractors

Licenced Builder

F: 02 6259 2985

M: 0408 624 593

PO Box 246, Kippax  ACT  2615