Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Ainslie Passivhaus Tour

SEE-Change Woden Local Group organised this tour of this Ainslie Passivhaus in March 2015, as part of the Sustainable House Tours program.

The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building.

These buildings are ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

This house has been built to passivhaus standard, ie no air leaks, virtually no heating or cooling required, for only slightly more than a normal house; and attractive too.

View the 1 minute video of this tour:

This tour was of the partially finished house so you could see what would be eventually behind the walls and ceilings.

This includes:

  • the special breathable building wrap
  • the 100 mm polystyrene walls
  • the sealing details for the Aluminium clad timber, triple glazed windows and the “tilt and turn” and  “lift and slide” triple glazed doors.

This house uses all the latest technology but sticks to a conventional timber frame so it is relatively cheap to build.

SEE-Change_Passivhaus Ainslie under construction-view from inside

SEE-Change_Passivhaus Ainslie under construction-view inside along hall

With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government