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Passivhaus Student Competition 2019

The key objective of this nationwide competition is to give architecture, engineering & planning students a creative vehicle to learn about Passivhaus 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. 

Passivhaus Student Competition 2019


The Competition

Students from participating Universities will receive Passivhaus training & access to Passivhaus design software, and will be given the opportunity to experience a Passivhaus at first-hand, with an organised site visit. We are looking for schemes that clearly identify their Passivhaus strategy, have been tested via energy modelling & justify design choices via development iterations. 

Due to popular demand, this year the competition will be trialling a NEW open category. Current full or part-time students studying in a UK University within the built environment or sustainable energy are welcome to enter the competition via the templates provided (links below). There are a limited number of online Passivhaus training licenses (valid for 6-months), offered on a first come first served basis. By acquiring a temporary license, you agree and commit to entering a submission. For further information, please email:

Students are encouraged to take advantage of several free Passivhaus events to educate and inspire their designs, from site visits to awards ceremonies. Below are useful links to Passivhaus training, events & crucial PHPP & designPH software:



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Participating Universities

University of Bath

University of Nottingham


NEW Open Category

Current full or part-time students studying in a UK University within the built environment or sustainable energy are welcome to enter the competition.  The competition is better suited to Masters level architecture students with a design thesis.

Oxford Brookes University Sheffield School of Architecture



One winner will be awarded from each University, and one winner will be awarded from the open category.


  • Winners will be invited to attend the 2019 awards ceremony, which will take place at the UK Passivhaus Conference, offering a chance to network with those working in Passivhaus practice.
  • Winning projects will be exhibit at the UK Passivhaus Conference - an excellent opportunity to get winners work in front of prospective employers.
  • All winners will be featured on the Passivhaus Trust website and newsletter, gaining further exposure.
  • Winners will receive a certificate, gift vouchers, and printed pop-up banner of their scheme.
  • DesignPH models may be selected for international promotion. 

2018 UK Passivhaus Conference

2018 UK Passivhaus Conference

Submission Templates & Criteria

All entries must have both a pop-up banner (2000mm x 800mm) and A3 development poster submitted electronically to be reviewed for shortlist. Templates and guides can be downloaded below. The deadline to enter the competition is the 31st May 2019:

Passivhaus Student Competition 2019 example pop-up

A3 DesignPH submission template


Download button Download competition brief & submission templates


Passivhaus Student Competition: Submission Deadline 31st May 2019


How to submit in the open category

All schemes must provide a high-res pdf no larger than 10MB. The submissions should be sent via a dropbox link, wetransfer or a similar free online file sharing service to

All winners are to provide the original InDesign/Photoshop file, packaged with images and fonts, so that the Passivhaus Trust can export the pop-up banners to the correct print settings.


Below are the winners and highly commended schemes of the 2018 competition with the awards ceremony taking place at the 2018 UK Passivhaus Conference.

2018 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners & Highly Commended


  • Jon Bootland, Passivhaus Trust

  • Fran Bradshaw, Anne Thorne Architects

  • Mark Gillott, University of Nottingham

  • Emma Hines, Tarmac

  • Martyn Kenny, Tarmac

  • Yogini Patel, Passivhaus Trust   



Oct 2018

Launch the competition at UK Construction Week, Birmingham. Wednesday 10th October @ 4pm

24 Oct 2018

UK Passivhaus Awards Ceremony - Free Passivhaus case study presentations

9-11 Nov 2018

International Passivhaus Open Days - Free Passivhaus site visits

13 Nov 2018

2018 competition winners awarded at the UK Passivhaus Conference

Spring 2019

Passivhaus Site visit

31 May 2019

Submission Deadline

Jun 2019

Shortlist of open category

Jun 2019

Judging of all short-listed projects by competition jury

July 2019

Winners announced online

Oct 2019

Launch of the 2019/2020 competition

Nov 2019

2019 Awards ceremony at the UK Passivhaus Conference


Further Information

2019 Passivhaus Student Competition PDF flyer




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