One of the latest proud brainchildren of A Studio Architects and the International Living Futures Institute, the Zero Energy House sits on a brownfield site in Auckland, New Zealand. Designed to achieve net-zero energy over the course of one year, this modest-looking, modestly sized home creates more than enough energy for itself with the help of careful passive design and state-of-the-art C21 solar photovoltaic roof panels— the first of their kind in New Zealand. Aided by easy access to public transportation and local amenities, all-LED lighting, low-VOC paints, stairs and floors made of recycled timber, and a greywater recycling unit, the Zero Energy House achieved Living Future’s Net Zero certification by passing in petal categories for Energy, Site, Equity, Beauty, and Process.

Upstairs copy

Stairs copy