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Passivhaus Student Competition 2017

Passivhaus Student Competition 2016


Key Objective

The key objective is to give architecture, engineering & planning students a creative vehicle to learn about using Passivhaus principles and provide an opportunity to apply the Standard to their own designs.

The competition will form part of the students’ ongoing course work; Competitors are asked to identify one UK retrofit or new build project and provide detailed design to turn this into a certifiable Passivhaus building.

The Competition

Students participating in the nationwide competition, will have the opportunity to attend the 2017 UK Passivhaus Conference, receive Passivhaus training & access to Passivhaus design software, and given the opportunity to experience a Passivhaus at first-hand, with an organised site visit.

A winner will be chosen from each University, and announced in Summer 2018, with the awards ceremony taking place at the 2018 UK Passivhaus Conference.


  • Winners will get a free ticket to the 2018 UK Passivhaus Conference, where the awards ceremony will take place.
  • Winning projects will be on display at the UK Passivhaus Conference 2018, and provides a great networking opportunity.
  • All winners will be featured on the Passivhaus Trust website and newsletter, gaining exposure to Passivhaus professionals in the UK and potential employers.
  • Winners will receive a certificate & gift vouchers.

2017 UK Passivhaus Conference2017 UK Passivhaus Conference


Participating Universities

University of Bath


University of Nottingham

Oxford Brookes University
Sheffield School of Architecture UWE



Jon Bootland, Passivhaus Trust

Fran Bradshaw, Anne Thorne Architects




Oct 2017

Launch the competition at the UK Passivhaus Conference

Spring 2018

Passivhaus site visits

June 2018

Judging of short-listed projects by competition judges

July 2018

Winners announced

Oct 2018

Awards ceremony at the UK Passivhaus Conference. ­


Further Information

2016 Passivhaus Student Competition

2015 Passivhaus Student Competition