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Passivhaus at Ecobuild 2018

The 2018 event saw 25,000 visitors, over 450 exhibitors in 8 districts, and over 150 seminars in 9 conference programmes. Ecobuild felt different to previous years, with well zoned districts and a comprehensive seminar programme.

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Zero carbon solutions featured heavily in the main conference which addressed both urgent issues & long-term futures. It was encouraging to hear the importance of energy-efficiency mentioned throughout the event. The bigger picture seminar announced the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) which crucially recognise that building efficiency is the most cost-effective emissions reduction strategy. They make it clear that decisions made now will determine a high or low carbon future and that 2050 is now! This is particularly pertinent for buildings as the replacement opportunities are infrequent. Other buzz words included tackling fuel poverty, construction quality, verifying building performance and health & wellbeing.

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Passivhaus stands and seminars were peppered throughout the 3-day event. The Passivhaus Trust stand was busy, offering free guidance and advice. If you missed us on stand D94 – there are many videos & Passivhaus guidance freely available on our website:

Passivhaus goes Personal Passivhaus an introduction Why Choose Passivhaus? How to build a Passivhaus

It was great to see several PHT members exhibiting across the event in various zones, hear many speakers extol the virtues of Passivhaus in several seminars, and get a Passivhaus project win at the BREEAM awards. Congratulations to all involved with 126 Pavilion Road EnerPHit.

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Passivhaus: Niche or mainstream

There was standing room only at our Wednesday seminar. 95% of the audience knew what the Passivhaus standard entails. Between the speakers, a huge breadth of Passivhaus projects were shown, highlighting the flexibility of the standard. 

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Passivhaus veteran Jonathan Hines delivered an eloquent presentation, addressing common Passivhaus myths, explaining why Architype adopts the Standard and shared monitoring data and feedback on many occupied schemes. 


Natural ventilation sounds lovely and everyone wants it, but if you called it uncontrollable leaky draughts and sporadic cold spots, it would loose its appeal.

Jonathan Hines, Architype


Norwich City Council discussed their Passivhaus framework, and projects of various scales. Lendlease showcased their London zone 1 ‘Futurehome’ Passivhaus prototype in Elephant and Castle and were applauded as a large contractor openly sharing information on challenges and lessons learned. 90% of the audience agreed that Passivhaus should be adopted widely for future builds and is ready to go mainstream.

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A selection of images can be viewed on our flickr account and a tweets can be seen with #ecobuild2018.

Apologies to those searching for the Passivhaus Pod, which was cancelled at short notice.

The event will be returning on the 5-7 March 2019 as Futurebuild.


Further Information

Ecobuild 2018

Day 1: Tackling the big issues

Day 2: driving change

Day 3: looking to the future

12th March 2018

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