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Passivhaus Student Competition 2020




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. 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. 

2020 Passivhaus Student Competition



One winner has been awarded from each partner University. From a regenerative primary school in Nottingham to a floating educational centre in the Isles of Scilly, the winners of the fifth and final Passivhaus Student Competition are revealed.

2020 Passivhaus Student Competition - winners



  • Each winning design will receive a certificate and £300 gift vouchers.

  • Winners will be invited to attend the virtual 2020 UK Passivhaus Conference where projects will be exhibited.

  • All winners will be featured on the Passivhaus Trust website and newsletter, gaining further exposure.

  • DesignPH models may be selected for international promotion. 



Once again, thanks to the PHT and Tarmac for supporting this initiative over the last five years. These initiatives really do make a difference for the students and the teaching and learning environment Schools of Architecture offer, so the support is really valuable and greatly appreciated by students and staff.

Prof Mark Gillott, Head of Department, University of Nottingham




Previous Winners

Below are the winners and highly commended schemes from previous years:

2019 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners

2018 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners & Highly Commended 2016 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners  

Class of 2016



  • Jon Bootland, Passivhaus Trust

  • Fran Bradshaw, Anne Thorne Architects

  • Mark Gillott, University of Nottingham

  • Emma Hines, Tarmac

  • Martyn Kenny, Tarmac

  • Yogini Patel, Passivhaus Trust   


Below are useful links to Passivhaus training, events & crucial PHPP & designPH software:





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

June 2020

Submission Deadline

July 2020

Winners announced

Nov 2020

Winners work exhibit at the 2020 UK Passivhaus Conference


Further Information

2019 Passivhaus Student Competition

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