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Passivhaus Social Housing

Passivhaus Social is an ongoing campaign run by the Passivhaus Trust to assist Local Authorities (LAs) and Housing Associations (HAs) in adopting and implementing the Passivhaus Standard.

The campaign so far has identified several successes as well as key issues that LAs and HAs will need to address to build Passivhaus dwellings. As a result of discussions held at previous round-table events from 2016 through to 2018, the Trust has developed guidance for social housing providers, laying out the business case of Passivhaus, as well as tips to ensure successful implementation & a whole host of useful links to further information. 


Passivhaus Social Housing: Maximising benefits, minimising costs


Social housing providers who have delivered Passivhaus homesDownload a list of local authorities & housing associations who have built Passivhaus homes in the UK here. More information on regional policies citing Passivhaus or similar can be found on our Passivhaus and planning page. A selection of case studies are listed below.



Regional events have been held by the Passivhaus Trust in Glasgow, Birmingham, Bristol, Yorkshire and London over the past couple of years, with greatly appreciated support from campaign partners and local hosts.

Videos and presentations from these events below unearth how some forward thinking councils have succeeded and identify potential common barriers that may have so far hindered adopting Passivhaus into green agendas and policies.



Previous Presentations

Glasgow - June 2019

Cardiff - 22 May 2019 

Glasgow - 29 May 2018

Birmingham - 12 September 2017

Bristol - 12 July 2017


Case studies

There is a growing number of large social & affordable housing developments in the UK. Goldsmith Street is one of the most recognisable Passivhaus social housing schemes after winning the 2019 UK RIBA Stirling Award. Below is a selection of certified schemes displaying a range of constructions & contexts. 


Knights Place, Gale & Snowden
Goldsmith Street: Rod Edwards Photography
Burnham Overy Staithe Sarn social housing project for Powys County Council
Erneley Close, 2E Architects Agar Grove - London Borough of Camden Wimbish Passivhaus, Parsons + Whittley for Hastoe HA
Wilmcote House Step by Step Retrofit
Ackerman Road for Lambeth Council
Primrose Park in Plymouth Chester Long Court, Gale & Snowden Rayne Park, Norwich City Council

For examples of other civic buildings such as libraries, leisure centres, and fire stations, browse the civic & cultural Passivhaus projects.

Project Sectors    I   Project Gallery   I   Project Map


#PHsocial @PassivhausTrustFurther Information

2019 Passivhaus Construction Costs

Passivhaus & Planning

Net Zero Carbon Toolkit

Shelter's report on building a better future for social housing

Touching the voids - Sustainable Homes

Climate Action Co-Benefits Toolkit - Ashden

Fuel poverty, air quality and the shift to a low-carbon economy: the real-life impacts - Ashden

UK Climate Emergency Network

Climate protection at municipal level: ten-point plan for the building sector 

Previous PHT story: Appetite for Passivhaus in Scotland - 8 June 2018 

Previous PHT story: Passivhaus Social Housing – Cost Research – 29 June 2017

Why more housing providers should be building to Passivhaus Standard – 24 Housing: 16 March 2017

Previous PHT story: Greens call for Passivhaus standards on council owned land - 28 July 2015


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