Passivhaus Affiliate

Leicester Medical Teaching Centre aims for Passivhaus certification

PHT Patron member, Willmott Dixon have been appointed main contractor who will ensure the scheme strives to be an energy efficient educational building which is also chasing BREEAM excellent and DEC A targets.

Peter Owen, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the Midlands, said: “Passivhaus has been used on residential developments for a number of years and now its energy efficiency benefits are being adopted more widely. The University of Leicester’s Centre for Medicine will be an exemplar of modern construction methods, providing students and staff with a state-of-the-art, energy efficient learning environment.”

The £42 million development designed by Associated Architects is designed to Passivhaus levels of air-tightness and thermal performance, high levels of natural light, high thermal mass and mixed-mode ventilation which will use a fraction of the energy of conventional air-conditioning. 

The scheme will provided approximately 12,000sq.m of teaching rooms, academic offices, dry lab research facilities and support spaces capable of accommodating more than 2,350 staff and students of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology departments.

Key Facts:

  • Predicted air tightness levels 0.6m³/h/m²@ 50Pa
  • Predicted primary energy demand 120 kWh/(m²a)

The project has secured planning approval and is due for completion and Passivhaus certification in 2015. Once completed it will be the UK's largest non residential Passivhaus.

Further information:

Willmott Dixon

1st December 2013

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