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Passivhaus Thursday - Bristol BIG Green Week 2015

Date: 18 June 2015 Time: Morning and evening seminars
Location: The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol United Kingdom Cost: Free to attend, booking essential

Bristol's Big Green Week

BIG Green Week Bristol is the UK’s annual festival of eco ideas, art and entertainment. The 2014 festival had over 150 events across Bristol, over half of which were free! This year, Bristol is the first UK city to be appointed as the European Green Capital, therefore expect big things from the 2015 festival!


Passivhaus Thursday

Passivhaus Trust members gcp Architects are hosting the only Passivhaus specific events on 18th June as part of  'Passivhaus Thursday'. The free events are supported by Passivhaus Trust Founder members Advantage Austria and feature leading experts from the UK and Europe.

In addition to the events, gcp are hosting free design surgeries for those interested in developing a project to the Passivhaus standard; and a free exhibition featuring certified Passivhaus components from leading product manufacturers from UK and Austria.


Passivhaus in the city, it's not just for Grand Designs - 7.30 registration, 8.00 - 10.00     BOOK NOW

Learn about Bristol's visionary SNUG Homes initiative supported by Bristol 2015, an architect and an engineer to explore the reality of delivering more projects to the PassivHaus standard in the inner city. The event will explore some of the limitations of developing very small schemes through to large scale, housing led, multi-million pound mixed use projects. The emphasis will be on the deliverability of more projects to the PassivHaus standard and enabling wider take-up.

  • Introduction: and 'What is PassivHaus?' - Colin Powell, gcp Architects
  • Snug Homes - A visionary approach to city centre living - Anna Hope, Ecomotive 
  • Why good quality Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recover MVHR is important in PassivHaus design - Zehnder
  • Wilmcote House - City centre retrofitting to PassivHaus - James Traynor, ECD Architects
  • The importance of air tightness in achieving PassivHaus certification - Stuart Prause, Isocell
  • Agar Grove, Camden - Major city centre PassivHaus new build - Bertie Dixon, Max Fordham
  • Summary & discussion - Colin Powell, gcp Architects
  • Talk ends around 9.30am followed by refreshments and networking

Passivhaus: is it really deliverable? - 15.00 registration, 15.30 - 18.30     BOOK NOW

Hear from a group of contractors, specialist suppliers and construction professionals to explore the particular drive within their business to build to PassivHaus standards and how recent research suggests a convergence of cost and 2016 Zero Carbon targets.

  • Introduction: and 'What is PassivHaus?' - Colin Powell, gcp Architects
  • Cost & legislation convergence - PassivHaus Trust cost benchmarking research and future cost convergence / 2016 Zero Energy targets - Richard Winbourne, Senior Cost Consultant with e-Griffin Consulting Ltd
  • Constructors view - Bath based Halsall Construction currently delivering 20 housing units using standard timber frame approach - Nicola Thorogood, Design and Sustainability Manager, Halsall Construction
  • Specialist systems view - Norfolk based Beattie Passive have developed a PassivHaus compliant timber frame solution to give cost certainty - Ron Beattie, Chairman, Beattie Passive
  • Component suppliers view -  'De-risking PassivHaus - Cost Certainty without Experimentation.' 80 year old Austrian company Freisinger / Optiwin share their know-how, knowledge and experience on delivering CLT (cross laminated timber) complete thermal airtight envelop builds in the UK - Conor Ryan, UK Sales Manager, Optiwin
  • Summary & discussion - Colin Powell, gcp
  • Talk ends around 5.30pm with an opportunity to sample complementary Austrian wine and beer and networking


Further Information:

Bristol's BIG Green Week event organisers are updating the programme on a daily basis with new events. For further information, visit     @BigGreenWeek     #Lovethefuture

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