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Thermal Experience

Fabricator Vistalite Otago - E13 Performance Windows

Location Queenstown

Systems Pacific Thermal

Products Euroslider™ and Eurostacker™ doors, stacked Awning Windows

Industry Sector Residential

Architect / Designer Michael Wells Design

Built by ‘Climate House’ on the Kelvin Heights waterfront, this low energy build combines the latest European driven passive house technologies and NZ designed triple glazed windows by Altus Window Systems with the ultimate lakeside position to create a state of the art energy efficient living experience.

The home features the Pacific Thermal system joinery throughout. But it is the clever use of the Thermal Euroslider™ and Eurostacker™ doors that are a highlight as they open access throughout the home and provide easy living. They also offer the security of superior weather performance combined with enhanced thermal efficiency. The Pacific Thermal system, which has a polyamide thermal barrier was married to advanced tripled glazed windows featuring Low-E, Argon gas and warm edge spacers. Having the ability to achieve an impressive R1 rating. These doors are accentuated by colour-matched Malta™ large D-Pull handles.

These were high end homes that demanded a high standard of workmanship, material and service levels. We engaged the services of Vistalite as they met these three standards.

JAMES CLARKE | Director - Climate House

The home is potentially up to 95% more energy efficient than a standard build. With little need for home heating and cooling as it is highly insulated. Another obvious benefit is the absence of external noise and the ambient ventilated temperature throughout.

It is easy to see how this is achieved when you consider the constant, whole home ventilation from a Zhender mechanical heat recovery system, the R5 rated walls and roof, the Pacific Thermal system triple glazed windows & doors and the constant temp by an air to water heat pump delivering under floor warmth to a “thermally tight” living environment.

Together this provides what is currently the ultimate in peaceful, efficient and healthy, waterfront living.


Watch a Climate House being built.

The Climate House goal is to reduce energy consumption of New Zealand homes by at least 75% - 90%, using building modelling & technology developed for low energy homes.

Example below of the Pacific Thermal system - triple glazed unit. Featuring Low-E coating & filled with Argon gas enhancing the thermal properties of the glass unit.