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University of Kent Passivhaus Symposium

Date: 27 June 2014 Time: 09.00 - 17.00
Location: Kent School of Architecture at the University of Kent, Canterbury Cost: Voluntary £25 donation, booking essential.

One day conference aimed at industry practitioners, academics and policy makers. There is no fee for this event however delegates are asked to consider making a donation to cover costs (£25 suggested). 

Passivhaus buildings use very little energy for heating and cooling yet provide high levels of occupant comfort. They are built with meticulous attention to detail and rigorous design and construction according to principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany, and can be certified through an exacting quality assurance process.

Conference Outline:

  • Introduction: An overview from Dr.Schoenefeldt exploring some of the key outcomes of the project including ways of overcoming the traditional divisions between post-graduate training, industry practice and university-based research in the field of sustainability.
  • Presentation of Case Studies: Fifteen short talks (10-15 mins) over the course of the day, which are grouped into three thematic panels; namely: (1) Educational buildings, (2) Housing and (3) Retrofit.
  • Two keynote lectures from:  a) an experienced practitioner, focusing on the economics of PassivHaus in the context of the UK, and; b) an academic researcher, exploring the role of education in facilitating the transition to low carbon design.
  • Chaired discussions at the end of each panel with the aim of actively engaging practitioners and academics in a series of discussions about the challenges of low carbon design and how the new insights gained through the research project could be utilized in practice. By studying the experience gained by the various parties involved in each case study the research was able to illuminate the process from multiple perspectives, which is particular critical due  to the exceptional level of collaboration between designers, technical consultants, contractors and clients that were required to deliver projects effectively.


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