Passivhaus Affiliate

Passivhaus Masterclass: Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities

Date: 18 September 2024 Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Location: The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford + online Cost: PHT Members: £40 - £60+VAT, Non members: £60 - £80+VAT, Students: FREE
Passivhaus Masterclass | Detailed case study Schwarzman Centre

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Prior to our much anticipated UK Passivhaus Conference 2024, join the day before as we head to the The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford + online for an exclusive detailed case study Passivhaus Masterclass on the Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.

The scale of the project is truly unprecedented, bringing together several faculties. It features a 500-seat concert hall, a 250-seat theatre and a 100-seat ‘black box’ lab for experimental performance, a schools and public engagement centre, a new library, a café and other meeting spaces.

Available as an in person or online event, take a technical deep dive into prestigious non-domestic Passivhaus project. Attending in-person? Sign up for a site tour and enjoy a glass of something at our networking dinner.







13:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:10    


Sarah Lewis, Passivhaus Trust

14:10 - 14:50   

Part 1: Perspectives from the client 

  • Vision, Brief, Estates strategyOxford University, Speaker TBC

  • Specific Certification Challenges: Laszlo Lepp, PHI 

14:50 - 15:00 

Part 1 panel Q&A 

15:00 - 15:45

Part 2: Building Design

  • Presentation TBC: Hopkins, Speaker TBC

  • Presentation TBC: Etude, Speaker TBC

  • MEP - overcoming challenges of demand control ventilation: Max Fordham, Speaker TBC

15:45 - 16:00

Part 2 panel Q&A 

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 17:10

Part 3: Construction

  • Deep dive into facades: Laing O'RourkeSpeaker TBC

  • Lessons learnt from Passivhaus compared to delivering other projects: Laing O'RourkeSpeaker TBC

17:10 - 17:25

Part 3 panel Q&A 

17:25 - 17:30

Wrap-up & close

17:30 - 19:00

Site tours of the Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities


After an afternoon of presentations, experience Passivhaus in action. Step inside the £150 million world-class facility targeting Passivhaus. There are two tours on offer which are exclusively available to those who have booked an in-person ticket to the Masterclass. Booking is essential.

In-person attendees of the masterclass / conference will be emailed an invite to book site visit tickets for £20 + VAT. As this is a live working site, spaces are extremely limited on the technical tour. Early booking is advised.

Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities | Image credit: University of Oxford Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities | Image credit: Oxford University

Technical Tour 

Take a guided tour through the build. Includes a visit to the plant room.

Requires PPE: Delegates must bring their own 5-point PPE to access the full tour. (Hard hat, eye protection, high-vis, gloves, & steel toe capped boots.)

External Tour

Get onto site and hear from the experts from a central space. 

No PPE required.




In person


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NB - Prices above do not include site visits.


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What not to miss

UKPHC24 networking diner UK Passivhaus Conference 2024

Networking dinner

Join us from 7pm onwards on Wednesday 18th September near the conference venue for a networking dinner. Attendees must pay for their own meals and drinks. In-person attendees of the masterclass / conference will be invited to register to attend the dinner. Please check your Eventbrite booking confirmation.

UK Passivhaus Conference

Following on from the Passivhaus Masterclass, the UK Passivhaus Conference 2024 is on Thursday 19th September.  Join us, in-person in Oxford or online, to discover the role of Passivhaus in net zero neighbourhoods.



Further information

UK Passivhaus Conference 2024

Previous PHT story: Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, 18th June 2024

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