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Experiencing Passivhaus summer comfort

As part of London Climate Action Week, the UK 2022 Passivhaus Open Days Summer Edition saw a welcome return to in-person visits.

Shepherds Barn EnerPHit Plus. Image Credit: Mark Siddall LEAP Architecture

Shepherds Barn EnerPHit Plus project. Image credit: Mark Siddall, LEAP

The International Passivhaus Open Days offer a twice-yearly opportunity to visit Passivhaus projects - in real life and virtually - and to talk directly to the owners or professionals involved. The Open Days really give visitors the opportunity to experience the comfort and quality of the Passivhaus Standard first hand - and can really help with Passivhaus myth-busting. The summer open days offer an additional chance to experience the summer comfort of Passivhaus buildings, delivered through the the stringent Passivhaus requirements to avoid summer overheating.


What I liked best about the Passivhaus is that the air wasn't stagnant, but not draughty.

Carol Spencer, Visitor to Shepherds Barn EnerPHit Plus


This year there was the chance to view certified selfbuild homes, newbuild projects under construction, retrofit projects and a commercial building. Feedback from organisers and participants has been positive. The Open Days attracted a broad cross section of visitors, from would-be selfbuilders to construction professionals including surveyors, architects, technologists and engineers.


Many thanks for arranging this, it was very interesting and informative!

Comment from Ochtertyre Passivhaus project Open Day participant on Twitter


Sheffield EnerPHit. Image credit: Bilton Design Ochertyre Passivhaus under construction Image credit Paper Igloo Architecture
Larch Corner. Image credit: Mark Siddall


The house was really light even though the windows were not big.

Simon Jenkins, Visitor to Shepherds Barn EnerPHit Plus


30th June 2022

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