Passivhaus Affiliate

Hello 2018

As we wave goodbye to 2017, PHT takes a snapshot review of some memorable Passivhaus accomplishments and gear up for what to expect in 2018.


2017 Highlights

UN endorses Passivhaus

At COP23 in Bonn, the Passivhaus Institute participated in the Transforming the Buildings and Construction Sector session, promoting energy efficient building. It was encouraging that the United Nations (UN) explicitly mention the Passivhaus standard as a solution to increase the energy efficiency of buildings and thus reduce global warming in “The Emissions Gap Report 2016”. Prioritising an energy efficiency first approach is urgent.


Passivhaus Powerhouses

Over the past 12 months the UK has had several Passivhaus Plus schemes certified, following the introduction of the new categories by the Passivhaus Institute in 2015. We are keeping track of progress with South West College #ernecampus aiming for Passivhaus Premium.

Carrstone House. Fulford Passivhaus Lark Rise Certified Passivhaus Plus, Buckinghamshire. ©Bere Architects Red Bluff Leyburn Passivhaus Plus, York ©Paul White


Growing Recognition

Several certified Passivhaus schemes have been gaining recognition within the construction industry, making shortlists, winning prestigious awards and putting Passivhaus into the mainstream. The Trust also picked up a prestigious Ashden Award.

Dursely Passivhaus Homebuilding & Renovation Awards
Passivhaus Trust - Ashden Award
Hampshire Passivhaus - Wood Awards
Carrowbreck Meadow - RTPI Awards  Image credit: Jefferson Smith

Leicester Centre for Medicine

Enterprise Centre
Saffron Acres
Wilmcote House Shift Awards
Kellogg College Hub


Passivhaus Social Campaign

Throughout the year, we’ve held several regional seminars with a few more events planned in 2018. This has enabled us to engage with over 100 Local Authorities and Housing Associations. We hope to encourage them to trial the Passivhaus approach on at least one of their projects. The Trust plan to collate  all the knowledge gained from the campaign into a Social Housing/ procurement  guide in 2018.


What we will be doing in 2018

As well as our regular annual events & activities, we will be working on the following:

PHT client advice service

During our Passivhaus Social events we unearthed several multi-unit residential schemes that may adopt Passivhaus. We want to guide all these pipeline schemes into successfully achieving Passivhaus certification and provide those involved with an appetite to create more! The Trust is currently developing a Passivhaus advisory service to inform potential clients about the implications of early stage decisions, before they start work on a project. 


Passivhaus & Zero Carbon

Towards the end of 2017, the Trust  responded to a number of policy consultations, mostly focussed around the zero-carbon agenda. We hope to promote the inclusion of Passivhaus within regional and Government plans, including in Wales, Scotland, Manchester & London and will continue to promote this through our 2018 conference and the Passivhaus Social campaign. Keep an eye out for our zero-carbon briefing note early in 2018.


Health & Wellbeing

Building upon the interest in our Passivhaus Futures presentations at the 2017 UK Passivhaus Conference, our first event of 2018, asking ‘are Passivhaus buildings healthy?’, focuses on one of the hottest trends in the construction industry - Health and wellbeing. Last September we responded to an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthy Homes and Buildings. We hope to begin more quantitative research that will help strengthen evidence of links between the quality of internal environment & occupant health, and how Passivhaus naturally helps to achieve these benefits.


Targeting the 1000th certified Passivhaus in the UK

We are hoping to see the number of certified projects reach over 1000 in the UK this year. Ones to watch bolster numbers include the first phase of Agar Grove estate regeneration in London, and Three Scores large scale residential development in Norwich. Are you working on an exciting Passivhaus development, or do you have a Passivhaus project on the horizon? We would love to hear all about it! – Keep us informed of your Passivhaus progress developments and research. Email with some brief details.



Further Information

Passivhaus premonitions 2017

1st January 2018

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