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UK Passivhaus Open Days 2011- Projects

Date: 11th - 13th November Time: Various
Location: All over the UK Cost: FREE

The 2nd  UK Passivhaus Open Days will take place from 11th to 13th November. The Open Days have been organised in conjunction with The International Passive House Days set up by the International Passive House Association (iPHA). The iPHA event is currently in its 8th year and will have projects from all over Europe open to the public. This also marks the 15th anniversary of the Passive House institute and the 20th anniversary of the Passivhaus concept.

At the UK Passivhaus Open Days, you will have the opportunity to experience the comforts of the Passivhaus standard first hand and learn more about it. A range of projects will be open to the public including private houses, social housing, community buildings, office buildings and refurbished properties. The buildings have been designed by different architects and built using various construction methods. 

Craigrothie Passivhaus, Cupar, Fife

Hadlow Rural Regeneration Centre, Hadlow, Tonbridge

Denby Dale Passivhaus, Denby Dale, West Yorkshire

Eco Vicarages, Kingswinford, West Midlands

Dormont Estate, Dormont, Lockerbie

Lena Gardens, West London

Totnes Passivhaus, Dartington, Totnes

Princedale Road, West London 

Mayville Community Centre, Islington, London 

Sampson Close, Coventry 

Watch this space for the complete list of Passivhaus projects on display.


Craigrothie Passivhaus, Cupar, Fife


Visits available  
Friday 11th November 10:00 to 15:00
Saturday 12th November 10:00 to 15:00
Sunday 13th November 10:00 to 15:00









This compact 2 bedroom bungalow with a treated floor area of 81m2 was a first passivhaus project for all those involved. A high ratio of heat loss area to useable floorspace (the heat loss form factor is 4.6) meant that achieving the passivhaus standardproved to be a challenge in terms of design and building costs . The southerly aspect ofthe small plot (370m2) allowed the full benefit of solar gains to be taken. 

The house is of timber frame construction built on a ground bearing concrete slab andis thermal bridge free. U values of the floor slab, walls and roof are all around0.08W/m2K, windows & doors 0.8 to 0.9W/m2K.

Project Stage: Completion due mid October 2011

Passivhaus Status: Aiming for PH certification

Project Team: Architect: Chris Morgan, Locate Architects

                           Consultant: Graham Drummond, Passivhaus Associates

                           Contractor: W H Brown Construction (Dundee) Ltd

Location: Sunnyside, Old Mill Road, Craigrothie, Cupar, Fife, KY

Nearest Public Transport Stop: Semi rural location so getting there by public transport will not be easy. Nearest town is Cupar which has a mainline railway station. Please let me know if you require to be collected in Cupar - this will not be a problem.

Maximum number of Visitors: 6 persons per group

Special requirements: Please book in advance by phone or email as parking is limited in Old Mill Road. Shoe free - please bring slippers if you wish.

Booking contact: Graham Drummond on 07967 585414 or

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Hadlow Rural Regeneration Centre 

Visits available  
Friday 11th November 09:00 to 16:00
Saturday 12th November 09:00 to 13:00
Sunday 13th November Not available








The Rural Regeneration Centre is an iconic seminar and exhibition building, certified by the PassivHaus Institute, situated on a working dairy farm and providing a unique educational and sustainable experience.  It is a living example that low-carbon buildings can be built at the same cost as normal educational builds if sufficient thought, planning and passion is given at the design stage. An energy monitor captures and displays the energy consumption of the building.

Project Stage:  Occupied

Passivhaus Status: PH certified

Project Team: Eurobuild

Location: Blackman’s Farm, Blackman’s Lane, Hadlow, Tonbridge, TN11 0AX

Nearest Public Transport Stop: Tonbridge Railway Station, Regular buses to Hadlow college

Maximum number of Visitors: 50 visitors at a time

Special requirements: To avoid farm traffic please ensure that cars are parked in the cinder area immediately in front of the building or in the larger parking area to the left of the main farm drive.
There is a disabled parking space in front of the building and the building is on one floor so it is easily accessible for wheelchair users.  

Booking contact: Sue Brimlow on 01732 853169 or

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Denby Dale Passivhaus

Visits available  
Friday 11th November 11:00 to 16:00
Saturday 12th November 11:00 to 16:00
Sunday 13th November Not available







The Denby Dale Passivhaus is the UK’s first cavity wall Passivhaus and has been a pioneering and experimental application of Passivhaus methodology to cavity wall construction. It has tried to create a low-cost and easily replicable template for low energy Passivhaus construction, using techniques and materials familiar to British builders. The three bed 118m2 detached house was constructed by Green Building Store’s construction division – Green Building Company - for private clients in 2010. An excellent opportunity to view the project and speak to the owners of the house on their experiences of living in a Passivhaus over the first year.

Project Stage:  Occupied (for over a year)

Passivhaus Status: PH certified

Project Team: Green Building Store

Location: Denby Dale, West Yorkshire, HD8 8RX 

Nearest Public Transport Stop: Denby Dale Railway Station

Maximum number of Visitors: N/A

Special requirements: N/A

Booking contact: Chayley/ Abi on 01484 461705 or at

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Eco Vicarages

Visits available  
Friday 11th November Please book in advance
Saturday 12th November Please book in advance
Sunday 13th November Please book in advance








Believed to be England’s first ever home to achieve both PHPP and Code for Sustainable Homes level 6. This project requires 4 Eco Vicarages to be built in different locations for The Diocese of Worcester.The Eco Vicarages are to be built to meet Code Level 6 for Sustainable Homes and will also comply with Passivhaus design standards. Heat loss from the vicarage is expected to be less than one tenth that of average homes and earns the title of zero carbon ‘passive house’.

Project Stage: Completion due end of October 2011

Passivhaus Status: PH certified

Project Team: Architect: Associated Architects

                                              Consultant: Couch Perry & Wilkes (Environmental)

                                              Contractor: Speller Metcalfe

Location: 17 Penzer Street, Kingswinford, West Midlands DY6 7AA

Nearest Public Transport Stop: Stourport Town Railway Station

Maximum number of Visitors: 25

Special requirements: Please book in advance.

Booking contact: Mark Wild on 01905 20537 or

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Dormont Estate

Visits available  
Friday 11th November 09:00 to 15:00
Saturday 12th November Not available
Sunday 13th November Not available












Dormont estate is a unique project in that it provides a small scale Passive House development which is available for rent from a private landlord. The project consists of 4 semi-detached properties that were developed as part of the rural homes for rent pilot scheme by the Scottish Government. The buildings have incorporated both solar thermal panels and a log burning stove with wet back boiler for the generation of DHW.

Project Stage: Occupied

Passivhaus Status: PH Certified

Project Team:  Client: Jamie A Carruthers

                             Architect: David Major – White Hill Design Studio

                             Contractor: CCG OSM

                             Consultant/Certifier: Scottish Passive House Centre

Location:  Dormont Estate, Dormont, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, DG11 1DJ

Nearest Public Transport Stop: Lockerbie Railway station/ Dalton Village bus station.

Maximum number of Visitors: 4 per hourly visit (visits every hour starting at 9:00)

Special requirements: N/A

Booking contact: Jamie A Carruthers on 01387 840222  or at


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Lena Gardens

Visits available  
Friday 11th November 11:00 to 17:00
Saturday 12th November 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday 13th November Not available










Refurbishment of a London terraced house to the Passivhaus standard.

Project Stage: Occupied

Passivhaus Status: PH Certified

Project Team: 

                             Architect: T.C.R. MacMillan Scott, The MacMillan Scott Practice 

                             Contractor: Ryder Strategies Europe Ltd 

                             Consultant: Green Tomato Energy

Location:  Corner of Lena Gardens and Loris Road, 20 Lena Gardens & Loris Road, W60NB London

Nearest Public Transport Stop: London underground tube stations Hammersmith and Goldhawk Road. Shepherds Bush is also close by.

Maximum number of Visitors: 8 per group visit (visits every hour starting at 9:00)

Special requirements: Tours must be booked in advance. Please quote "Passive House Days" in any email correspondence. If you don't get a confirmation reply, please chase. 

The tours will be conducted by  Edward Borgstein and Tom Pakenham. The tours will last for 1hr and will start at the following times: 

Friday: 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 15.30 
Saturday: 10.00, 11.30, 13.00, 14.30

Booking contact: 020 3008 7667  or at



Totnes Passivhaus

Visits available  
Friday 11th November Not available
Saturday 12th November 10:00 to 17:00
Sunday 13th November Not available










Hybrid retrofit and new build extension of a family home
Retrofit element: conventional cavity wall construction with high performance external insulation; self-coloured render (wall U-value 0.10W/m²K)
New build element, using natural, breathable materials: Steico timber I-frame with wood-fibre and sheepswool insulation, clad in UK sourced, FSC sweet chestnut cladding (average wall U-value 0.11W/m²K), living roof.
Certification (full PH standard): September 2011.
More information here:

Project Stage: Occupied

Passivhaus Status: PH Certified

Project Team: Janet Cotterell, Jonathan Williams, Adam Dadeby

Location: 11 Hunters Moon, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6JT

Nearest Public Transport Stop: Totnes Railway station (1.1 miles, 20 mins’ walk); 165 bus from Totnes, nearest stop Cott Inn

There is more 'how to find' us information at: 

Maximum number of Visitors: 6 in any one slot 

Special requirements: Please use Doodle ( to book a place, rather than just turn up. There is limited parking in Hunters Moon.

Visits will take place in six 50 minute slots from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm

Booking contact:

Please use Doodle to book a visit :

Adam Dadeby or on 07968 778875



100 Princedale Road

Visits available  
Friday 11th November 14:00 to 17:30
Saturday 12th November Not available
Sunday 13th November Not available

Victorian terraced Passivhaus certified Retrofit

Victorian terraced house in a London conservation area retrofitted to meet 80% CO2 reduction as part of the UK Government programme Retrofit for the Future. The strategy chosen to achieve this target was based on the PassivHaus principles.

The strategy included: replacement and redesign of the internal floors and partitions; internal insulation throughout; very high level of airtightness; triple glazed conservation area compliant sash windows (acting as casement); triple glazed super insulated external doors; solar thermal panels for the production of hot water, MVHR ventilation system; low energy lighting and appliances. 

Project Stage: Occupied

Passivhaus Status: PH Certified

Project Team: Paul Davis + Partners; Princedale EcoHouse; Eight Associates; Greentomatoenergy

Location: 100 Princedale Road, London W11 4NH

Nearest Public Transport Stop: Holland Park Tube 

Maximum number of Visitors:  40 people in 4x tours of 10 people. (2pm; 3pm; 4pm; 5pm)

Special requirements: Shoes will need to be taken off.

Booking contact: Hannah Thompson (Octavia Housing) on 020 8354 5665 or at


Mayville Community Centre

Visits available  
Friday 11th November 10:00 to 16:00
Saturday 12th November Not available
Sunday 13th November Not available

Community Centre Passivhaus Retrofit

The Mayville Community Centre is the first ultra low energy, Passivhaus retrofit community centre in the UK. (currently undergoing full PHI certification) and will help demonstrate how deep retrofit of existing buildings rather than demolition, is an achievable and viable solution for much of the UK’s existing building stock. Prior to refurbishment the Mayville Community Centre was in urgent need of complete renovation, being uninsulated, inefficiently used and inaccessible. Refurbishment has transformed this local authority owned, Victorian building, located within the deprived Mayville estate, into a community centre which will serve the future comfort needs of local residents while saving financial resources for key services.

Project Stage: Completed and commissioned August 2011 (subject to separate internal fittings and finishings contract)

Passivhaus Status: Passivhaus retrofit refurbishment - undergoing full PHI certification

Project Team: 

Architects – bere:architects

Quantity Surveyor – E-Griffin Consulting

Services Consultant – Alan Clarke

 HRV Design – Green Building Store

Substructure Engineer – Conisbee

Green Roof Design – Dusty Gedge

Main Contractor – Buxton Building Contractors Ltd

Passivhaus Windows – Double Good Windows

Location: Woodville Road, London N16 8NA

Maximum number of Visitors:  N/A

Special requirements: Please book in advance- 

*Accompanied visits will take place between 10-11am and 2-4pm*

Booking contact: Lucy Procter on 020 7424 5567 or at 


Sampson Close


Visits available  
Friday 11th November 13:00 to 17:00
Saturday 12th November Not available
Sunday 13th November Not available

23 unit New build Social housing scheme

The Sampson Close scheme of 18 flats and 5 houses is the first and largest social housing scheme in the Midlands to obtain Passivhaus Certification. 

Prefabricated timber frame wall and roof panels were factory made in Germany and delivered to site in a predetermined sequence for erecting. High performing insulation, made up of a high recycled content, gives performance U values less than 0.15W/m2K to walls, floors and roofs.  The first three homes at Sampson Close, which were erected in one week; all achieved an air test of 0.6 or below. Large solar panels are used to heat the domestic hot water system and a district gas fired heating system provides space heating when required. It's anticipated that a two-bedroom flat will cost less than £2 per week to heat. Sensors have been installed to monitor temperature, humidity, CO2, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), energy consumption for space heating and domestic hot water and the Data collected is analysed by Orbit and used to plan maintenance and investment programmes.

More information on the scheme can be found here.

Project Stage: Occupied

Passivhaus Status: PH Certified

Project Team: 

  • Landlord: Orbit Heart of England
  • Developer: Orbit Homes
  • Architect: Baily Garner
  • Contractor: Wates Living Space
  • Timber frame: Gumpp and Maier
  • Passivhaus consultant: Trecodome 

Location: 40 Sampson Close, Foleshill, Coventry CV2 1RB

Maximum number of Visitors:  8 in a group at any point of time on site

Special requirements: See Site etiquette document here.

Tours will be conducted by Marcus Lewis from Baily Garner and representatives from Orbit will be on site to answer questions.

Booking contact: Tanisha at or on 020 7704 3502.




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