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Passivhaus wins at Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards

Congratulations to PHT member Whole House Energy and Hamson Barron Smith, part of NPS group, who were crowned winners at the Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards. Two sustainable Passivhaus projects were overall winners at the event, demonstrating clearly that the need for this type of development is alive; it seems that in construction circles at least, ‘Passivhaus is the new black’.

Hamson Barron Smith – Carrowbreck Meadow Passivhaus

Project of the year category winner & overall winner - decided by delegates of the Awards Ceremony.

This landmark scheme sets new benchmarks for sustainable development, not only meeting the demanding Passivhaus certification but also by providing 43% of the site as affordable homes. The 14 homes built for Broadland Growth, a joint venture between NPS and Broadland District Council, reflect Norfolk’s historic barn vernacular. The properties have been carefully grouped so the development sits comfortably in its woodland setting. A material pallet of white render, black stained timber cladding, and either slate or plain red roof tiles. Carrowbreck was one of the first UK projects to use 300mm precision-engineered Porotherm blocks, a fast, virtually dry construction.

For Passivhaus to become industry standard best practice, case studies must be disseminated out to the wider industry. Carrowbreck Meadow has been published in a wide range of Industry Press including the RIBA Journal, Building Magazine and AJ Specification in which Hamson Barron Smith shared not only information on the project but also technical details and specifications. The scheme is shortlisted for several awards including RIBA East & RICS East.

Sarah Lewis_Hamson Barron Smith_Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards  Carrowbreck Meadow: Image credit Jefferson Smith

L: Sarah Lewis, Hamson Barron Smith presenting at NCEC Awards 2017 - image credit, Whole House Energy.

R: Carrowbreck Meadow - image credit, Jefferson Smith

Whole House Energy - Fabric First Institute

Sustainability category winner & overall runner-up.

The Fabric First Institute is teaching delegates are learning the practical fundamentals of building a low energy building; to include insulation best practices, importance of airtightness and how this can be achieved and retain its integrity by all that work on site; thermal bridging, its effects on the building fabric and health of occupants and ventilation with heat recovery.

The Fabric First Institute training courses opened last year. The £200k funded year-long training program was developed in support of the £47 million of Passivhaus construction work committed to by Norwich City Council. Requiring a highly skilled workforce, an enormous challenge/opportunity presented itself in the region which plans to see the development of hundreds of homes to the Passivhaus standard over the next four years. Currently, 4,260 construction sector jobs are expected to be created in the East of England each year for the next five years. 

With multiple trades being trained, this can only be viewed as a total stepchange in the regions ability to deliver the energy saving homes and buildings that our communities deserve.

Jackie Richards, Whole House Energy: Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards 2017 Farbric First Institute

L: Jackie Richards, Whole House Energy presenting at NCEC Awards 2017. R: Fabric First Institute. Images: Whole House Energy


Congratulations to all involved.



Further Information

Norfolk Constructing Excellence Club Awards 2017


Previous PHT Story: Fabric First framework for Passivhaus projects in Norwich - 30 April 2015

Previous PHT Story: Norwich sets sights on UK Passivhaus capital! - 28 May 2015

25th April 2017

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