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Building a Passivhaus : Learning from the Denby Dale experience

Date: 29th November 2010 Time:
Location: Green Building Company Store offices; near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and Denby Dale Cost: £295 (+VAT) for non-members / £265.50 (+VAT) for PHT members

Green Building Store is running an intensive one day Passivhaus training event on 29th November in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.  This Masterclass on the design and construction techniques used at the Denby Dale Passivhaus includes a technical site visit. Maximum 12 delegates, cost £ 295,10% discount for Passivhaus Trust members. Booking through Green Building Store website

The course offers a practical and technical guide into the Passivhaus construction techniques used at UK projects such as the Denby Dale Passivhaus, the lessons learned and how the techniques can be applied to other builds.

The day is aimed primarily at architects and building professionals and is divided into intensive morning presentations, lunch time informal discussions and an afternoon site visit to the Denby Dale Passivhaus.  All delegates will be provided with a full technical briefing summary on the Denby Dale build, including detailing and specification.

Topics covered in the course include:
•Lessons learnt from Denby Dale Passivhaus and other UK Passivhaus projects
•Understanding Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR)
•Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP)
•2-dimensional thermal (THERM) modelling

Speakers and contributors

Bill Butcher
Director of Green Building Store and Green Building Company, Bill Butcher was project leader of the Denby Dale Passivhaus project. Originally trained as a quantity surveyor, he has over 35 years’ building experience, including construction of the Longwood low-energy house in the early 1990s. Bill is also actively campaigning to introduce the Passivhaus approach in the UK and improve the regulatory framework to facilitate the uptake of Passivhaus design. 


Chris Herring
Director of Green Building Store and Green Building Company, Chris has been a core member of the design team for the Denby Dale house build process.  He has worked closely with Bill Butcher to ensure the meshing of theory and practice of Passivhaus standards and technology with UK materials and building techniques.  Over the last 5 years he has been one of the leading proponents of the Passivhaus approach to low energy construction and of the adoption of Passivhaus standards and methodology in the UK.  He is current Chair of the AECB, the sustainable building association and Chair of the Passivhaus Trust.


•Paul Smith – Green Building Store Construction Technician – PHPP and modeling of construction detail.
•Jude Wilson – Team Leader Green Building Company Construction Team.
•Geoff & Kate Tunstall – Clients and owners of Denby Dale Passivhaus

Location: Green Building Company/ Store offices; near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and Denby Dale (20 minutes drive – transport provided if required)
Travel: Accessible by train via Huddersfield or Slaithwaite; close to M62 Motorway

For Bookings: Contact Camilla by email or call on 01484 461705. Numbers are limited to 12.

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