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Passivhaus Student Competition 2019

The key objective of this nationwide competition 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. 

Passivhaus Student Competition 2019


The Competition

Students from participating Universities received Passivhaus training & access to Passivhaus design software, and given the opportunity to experience a Passivhaus at first-hand, with an organised site visit. We were looking for schemes that clearly identify their Passivhaus strategy, had been tested via energy modelling & justified design choices via development iterations. 



Below are the winners and highly commended schemes of the 2019 competition with the awards ceremony taking place at the 2019 UK Passivhaus Conference.

2019 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners


  • Winners will be invited to attend the 2019 awards ceremony, which will take place at the UK Passivhaus Conference, offering a chance to network with those working in Passivhaus practice.
  • Winning projects will be exhibit at the UK Passivhaus Conference - an excellent opportunity to get winners work in front of prospective employers.
  • All winners will be featured on the Passivhaus Trust website and newsletter, gaining further exposure.
  • Winners will receive a certificate, gift vouchers, and printed pop-up banner of their scheme.
  • DesignPH models may be selected for international promotion. 

2018 UK Passivhaus Conference

2018 UK Passivhaus Conference


  • Jon Bootland, Passivhaus Trust

  • Fran Bradshaw, Anne Thorne Architects

  • Mark Gillott, University of Nottingham

  • Emma Hines, Tarmac

  • Martyn Kenny, Tarmac

  • Yogini Patel, Passivhaus Trust   



Oct 2018

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

24 Oct 2018

UK Passivhaus Awards Ceremony - Free Passivhaus case study presentations

9-11 Nov 2018

International Passivhaus Open Days - Free Passivhaus site visits

13 Nov 2018

2018 competition winners awarded at the UK Passivhaus Conference

Spring 2019

Passivhaus Site visit

31 May 2019

Submission Deadline

Jun 2019

Shortlist of open category

Jun 2019

Judging of all short-listed projects by competition jury

July 2019

Winners announced

Oct 2019

Launch of the 2019/2020 competition at UK Construction Week

29 Oct 2019

2019 Awards ceremony at the UK Passivhaus Conference


Further Information

2019 Passivhaus Student Competition PDF flyer




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