Hepburn’s Passive House Cottage

Located near Australia's largest concentration of mineral springs, APHI Projects have recently completed a two bedroom ‘passive house’ retreat in picturesque Hepburn.

This contemporary and modern building aims to compliment the heritage cottage located at the front of the property. It sets a high standard for self-sufficiency and provides a comfortable, open concept and eclectic space to host a vacation with family and friends.

The concept cottage utilises the compact Zehnder CA180 MVHR system supplied by Fantech and is installed in cabinetry above the kitchen's refrigerator. Its integrated attenuator ensures low noise operation in this 2 bedroom cottage.

The cottage is positioned amongst beautiful country side and is available a short term accomodation. It will allow families to experience and appreciate the less obvious aspects of a Passive House and perhaps become adopters of the standard.

Benefits of Passive House Construction

Improved indoor air quality through the reduction of:

  • CO2
  • Humdity (that can lead to mould growth)
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s)
  • Pollen & dust particles (great for asthma sufferers)
  • Odours


  • Air tight system reduces noise infiltration from external sources
  • Triple glazed Spruce timber windows - Uw values (Window total) 0.85 - 1

Reduced Energy Consumption

  • Space heating - Treated floor area: - 75.6 m2 heating demand: kWh/(m2 a) 11.9 this compares to minimum compliance 6 Star house at approx. 50 kWh/m2 per annum ie: 4 x the energy used for heating
  • Solar PV system – 3kW

Project Team

Design and Construction: APHI Projects

Co-design: Unicorn Architecture

Passive House Consultant: Grun Consulting

Air tightness system: Siga & Proctor

MVHR System: Zehnder CA180 by Fantech

Triple Glazed Windows: Doepfner

Hot Water Service: Sanden

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