Passivhaus Affiliate

Key Objective

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 sponsored by Tarmac


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. Due to popular demand, this year the competition will be trialling a NEW open category. Full-time students are encouraged to enter their Passivhaus designs via the templates provided (links below). 

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

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:




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.  There is no restriction, but the competition is better suited to Masters level architecture students with a design thesis.

Oxford Brookes University Sheffield School of Architecture  



  • 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.

2018 UK Passivhaus Conference

2018 UK Passivhaus Conference

Submission Templates

All entries must have both a pop-up banner and designPH poster complete to be reviewed for shortlist. Templates and guides can be downloaded here:

Download competition brief & submission templates

Submission deadline: 31st May 2019


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

  • Sofie Pelsmaker, Aarhus School of Architecture



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 UK Passivhaus Conference

Spring 2019

Passivhaus Site visit

May 2019

Submission Deadline

Jun 2019

Judging of 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

2018 Passivhaus Student Competition

2016 Passivhaus Student Competition

2015 Passivhaus Student Competition




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