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Passivhaus Student Competition 2018

Passivhaus Student Competition 2016


Key Objective

The key objective is to give architecture, engineering & planning students a creative vehicle to learn about Passivhaus and provide an opportunity to apply the Standard to their own designs.

The competition will form part of the students’ ongoing course work; Competitors are asked to identify one UK retrofit or new build project and provide detailed design to turn this into a certifiable Passivhaus building.

The Competition

Students participating in the nationwide competition will receive Passivhaus training & access to Passivhaus design software, and will be given the opportunity to experience a Passivhaus at first-hand, with an organised site visit.

Below are the winners and highly commended schemes of the 2018 competition with the awards ceremony taking place at the 2018 UK Passivhaus Conference.

2018 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners & Highly Commended


  • Winners will be invited to attend the 2018 UK Passivhaus Conference, where the awards ceremony will take place, offering a chance to network with those working in Passivhaus practice.
  • This is a great opportunity to get winning work in front of prospective employers; Winning projects will be exhibit at the UK Passivhaus Conference 2018.
  • All winners will be featured on the Passivhaus Trust website and newsletter, gaining further exposure.
  • At the awards ceremony winners will receive a certificate & up to £300 gift vouchers per project.

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Participating Universities

University of Bath

University of Nottingham

Oxford Brookes University
Sheffield School of Architecture UWE


  • Jon Bootland, Passivhaus Trust

  • Fran Bradshaw, Anne Thorne Architects

  • Mark Gillott, University of Nottingham

  • Emma Hines, Tarmac

  • Martyn Kenny, Tarmac

  • Yogini Patel, Passivhaus Trust

  • Sofie Pelsmaker, Aarhus School of Architecture


Site Visits

Bicester Eco Business Centre  

15 February 2018

Erneley Close EnerPHit

19 April 2018

Picture House Court

12 April 2018

Bicester Eco Business Centre (BEBC) Erneley Close EnerPHit Picture House Court

Thanks to supporters:



Thanks to supporters:


One Manchester

Thanks to supporters:

Piers Sadler Consulting

Speller Metcalfe




Oct 2017

Launch the competition at the UK Passivhaus Conference

Feb 2018

Bicester Eco Business Centre: Site visit

Apr 2018

Erneley Close: Site visit

Apr 2018

Picture House Court: Site visit

Jun 2018

Judging of short-listed projects by competition jury

July 2018

Winners announced

Oct 2018

Launch of the 2018/2019 competition at UK Construction Week, Birmingham. Wednesday 10th October @ 4pm

Nov 2018

Awards ceremony at the UK Passivhaus Conference, Leeds. ­13th November @ 5.30pm


Further Information

2016 Passivhaus Student Competition

2015 Passivhaus Student Competition




sponsored by


Supported by

External Tutors

Site Visits


Parsons + Whittley

Eco Design Consultants

Paul Testa Architecture

Cowan Eco Design

Greenbox Associates




One Manchester

Piers Sadler Consulting

Speller Metcalfe