Passivhaus Affiliate

MASTERCLASS: High-Rise Passivhaus

Date: 27 April 2018 Time: 10:30 - 17:00
Location: Saint-Gobain Multi Comfort Visitor Centre, 95 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 7NY Cost: £150 for PHT members, £220 for non-members


As Passivhaus continues to deliver high-performance buildings with low running costs, larger developments are adopting the standard. Whilst we have seen some large developments in the UK they have remained modest in height.

In this Masterclass, experienced Passivhaus experts Tomas O’Leary and Jessica Grove-Smith will share their knowledge and experience of large and high-rise Passivhaus developments referencing research studies and completed tall Passivhaus developments in Vienna, New York City and Bilbao. The event will cover approaches to high-rise design, practical construction details, building services and personal experience.




Tomas O'Leary

Designed, built and lives in the first Certified Passivhaus in the English-speaking world. An enthusiastic and passionate advocate for all things Passivhaus, a jovial and motivational educator and presenter, experienced research scientist and environmental entrepreneur. Globally accredited by the Passivhaus Institut as a Passivhaus certifier and licensed training provider for the Passivhaus Consultant and Tradesperson programs.

Tomas has certified and consulted on some of the world’s tallest Passivhaus buildings in New York and Vancouver. 


Jessica Grove-Smith

Jessica Grove-Smith joined the scientific research team of the Passivhaus Institut in 2008. Her main responsibilities include the international application and modelling Passivhaus projects under different climate conditions, interrelations between efficiency measures and renewable energies and deep energy efficiency measures for indoor swimming pools. She frequently participates in conferences and provides training internationally.

As owners of the Passivhaus standard, The Passivhaus Institut has served as an adviser to consultants and designers on the potential issues when delivering tall and complex buildings.



10:30 Registration and refreshments

11:00 Introduction from Passivhaus Trust

11:05 Introduction and international case studies form Europe and North America

12.00 Planning policies and local authority adoption

12:45 Questions and discussion

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Building fabric in high-rise Passivhaus

14:30 Building services in high-rise Passivhaus

15:00 Exercise: Group exercise

15:30 Refreshment break

15:45 Tips and tricks in PHPP

16:15 Electrical loads & primary energy 

16:40 Questions and discussion

17:00 Close, followed by optional drinks at a local pub

Programme subject to changes.



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