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Student Engagement

Passivhaus Student Competition


2022 Events

Academic Membership

2022 Student Competition: University Design Challenge

Previous Student Competitions:    2021   I   2020   I   2019   I   2018   I   2016   I   2015

Inspiring the next generation

Education and training is a key objective for the Passivhaus Trust. Over the next decade, we would like to train at least 50% of the industry to deliver Passivhaus. Nurturing the next generation of designers and contractors and providing them with skills to tackle the climate emergency is vital.  Building upon several successful student competitions, we are keen to continue strengthening connections between practice & academia. It is an invaluable method of knowledge sharing and arming students with practical skills. 

2021 PHT Student Engagement 2021 PHT Student Engagement: Train >50% of the construction industry
2021 PHT Student Engagement: Pivot Point 2021 PHT student engagement: Lessons from5 years of the Passivhaus Student Competition


Architects are implicit in the climate emergency. Fundamentally, students feel they are currently being let down by their architectural education. We require a change in the curriculum which embraces climate literacy teaching and assessment.

Megan Coe, education coordinator at ACAN.


Approximately 77% of students surveyed by the student branch of the Architects Climate Action Network (2021) think that their education is failing them in terms of climate literacy. With development of a new Passivhaus Trust website in progress and increased training courses, going forward we hope to make more Passivhaus resources easily accessible online.


Student Resources & Training

The new website will provide an online platform with a multitude of Passivhaus resources for different knowledge levels all in one place. Here are some tasters of what will be available:

Case Studies

Suggested reading list:

Certified Passivhaus Training courses:


Other useful links

Passivhaus Resources

2022 Events

January - April 

Southside Hereford: University Design Challenge  webinar series


International Passivhaus Open Days


International Passivhaus Open Days


2022 UK Passivhaus Conference

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Academic membership 

For University departments, as well as becoming a named partner on the Passivhaus Trust website, your membership will include group discounts to PHPP, recommendations to Passivhaus mentors and access to Passipedia. See the table below for benefits. Contact to find out more and apply.

Individual student membership 

Student membership is available at an annual rate of £20 + VAT for individuals who are enrolled in a full-time course. A membership listing on the website is not included. All applications are subject to approval. To apply, please download the form [PDF] and once completed send to

Greater benefits are available to University departments. We therefore urge students to encourage their tutors/ school departments to consider academic membership.


Academic membership

Individual Student

Recommendations to Passivhaus mentors.



Access to Passipedia. *For a limited number of students



Group discounts to PHPP software.



Discounts to certified Passivhaus training courses



Discounts on selected Passivhaus Trust training & events



Access to Passivhaus Trust research and other outputs




2021 Passivhaus Student Competition

Passivhaus student competition

A building must be designed per Passivhaus principles, encompassing high-performance levels with a fabric-first approach. The competition does not restrict the building to any construction type, occupant use, or whether it is a new build or retrofit. The project must be in the UK.

Winner: The Art Works, designed by Emily-Rose Garnett from Oxford Brookes

2021 Passivhaus Student Competition: Emily-Rose Garnett - The Art Works


Previous competition winnners   

2020   I   2019   I   2018   I   2016   I    2015    #PHTstudent

2020 Passivhaus Student Competition - winners 2019 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners
2018 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners & Highly Commended 2016 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners



#PHTstudentFurther Information

Previous Passivhaus Competitions:  2021   I   2020   I   2019   I   2018   I   2016   I   2015

Dezeen: Students let down by their  architectural education" says climate action group – 10 March 2021

RIBA Journal: Bring green design into the classroom - 29 January 2021

RIBA The Way Ahead: Education and Professional Development Framework – September 2020

Passivhaus for Educational Buildings




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