Passivhaus Affiliate

Sustainable design as standard, not specialism

With recent reports confirming urgent action is required to tackle the threat of climate breakdown, sustainability in the built environment is a hot topic in the media. Buildings in use provide a significant opportunity to make energy & carbon savings, minimising global temperature rises. How can architecture & engineering students ensure they are equipped to deliver long-term solutions in an unpredictable climate? 

2019 Passivhaus Student Competition Launch at UK Construction Week

The Passivhaus Student Competition, sponsored by Tarmac, helps teach students to design climate-responsive architecture as standard, inspiring the next generation of designers to create integrated durable green solutions. Now in its fourth year, the competition encourages students within the built environment to test and apply their designs with the Passivhaus methodology. It asks students to start think about form & orientation, ventilation, heating & energy strategies, materials & whole life carbon, building performance from the beginning. 

The 2019 competition was launched on the 10th October at UK Construction Week. Due to popular demand, this year the competition will be trialling a NEW open category. Students (full or part time) are encouraged to enter their Passivhaus designs via the templates provided. All entries must have both a pop-up banner and designPH poster complete to be reviewed for shortlist. More information on the 2019 competition, along with submission templates and deadlines can be found here.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the free to attend, weekend-long International Passivhaus Open Days, taking place across the nation from the 9th - 11th November. Along with several other events & online Passivhaus training.


Why Enter?

  • Participating in a national competition helps to improve students’ employability, providing real life scenarios and gives university partners a real bargaining tool to push the teaching of sustainable construction into the curriculum.

  • Winners are invited to the following 2019 UK Passivhaus Conference for the student competition award ceremony.

  • Winners submissions are displayed to the industry at the UK Passivhaus Conference – offering networking & potential employment opportunities

  • Recognition in the press.


Below are the winners & highly commended schemes of the 2018 competition who will be awarded at the 2018 UK Passivhaus conference

2018 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners & Highly Commended

Further Information


2019 Passivhaus Student Competition

2018 Passivhaus Student Competition winners



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18th October 2018

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