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Passivhaus Student Competition 2020


Submission templates


Partner Universities

Previous Winners

Returning for a fifth year, this nationwide Passivhaus Student Competition, sponsored by Tarmac, provides architecture & engineering students a creative vehicle to learn about Passivhaus and provide an opportunity to apply the Standard to their own designs. 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 2020

The Competition

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

Students are encouraged to take advantage of several free Passivhaus events to educate and inspire their designs, from site visits to awards ceremonies. Below are useful links to Passivhaus training, events & crucial PHPP & designPH software:



Reading list


Participating Universities

University of Nottingham Oxford Brookes University Sheffield School of Architecture Coventry University Welsh School of Architecture



One winner will be awarded from each partner University. New this year will be a Sponsors Medal awarded to a project that rigourously explores the impact of materials.


  • Winners will receive a certificate, £300 gift vouchers, and printed pop-up banner of their scheme.
  • Winners will be invited to attend the 2020 prize-giving 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.
  • DesignPH models may be selected for international promotion. 

2018 UK Passivhaus Conference

2018 UK Passivhaus Conference


Previous Winners

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


Submission Templates & Criteria

All entries must have both a pop-up banner (2000mm x 800mm) and A3 development poster submitted electronically to be reviewed for shortlist. Templates and guides can be downloaded below. The deadline to enter the competition is the 29th May 2019:

Passivhaus Student Competition 2019 example pop-up

A3 DesignPH submission template


Download button Download competition brief & submission templates


PHT Student Competition: Submission Deadline 29th May 2020


  • Jon Bootland, Passivhaus Trust

  • Fran Bradshaw, Anne Thorne Architects

  • Mark Gillott, University of Nottingham

  • Emma Hines, Tarmac

  • Martyn Kenny, Tarmac

  • Yogini Patel, Passivhaus Trust   



10 Oct 2019

Launch the competition at UK Construction Week, Birmingham

29 Oct 2019

2019 competition winners awarded at the UK Passivhaus Conference

8-10 Nov 2020

International Passivhaus Open Days - Free Passivhaus site visits

27-28 Nov 2020

London Build Expo - Free Passivhaus seminars

Spring 2019

Passivhaus Site visit

29 May 2020

Submission Deadline

Jun 2020

Judging of all short-listed projects by competition jury

July 2020

Winners announced

Nov 2020

2020 Awards ceremony at the UK Passivhaus Conference


Further Information

Passivhaus Student Competition PDF flyer

2019 Passivhaus Student Competition




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