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In February 2012, Oakmeadow Primary School & Bushbury Primary School in Wolverhampton, and Montgomery Primary School in Exeter, became the first UK schools built and certified to Passivhaus Standard. Since then, there have been several certified Passivhaus schools built in the UK, constructed from a range of materials and budgets. 

Oakmeadow Primary School

Oakmeadow Primary School, Architype ©Leigh Simpson

 

Key Stats

  • There are 13 UK certified Passivhaus schools in total.
  • There are 10 certified Passivhaus schools in England, 2 nursery schools in Scotland, and 1 primary school in Wales.
  • The first UK schools to meet the Passivhaus standard were Oakmeadow Primary School, Bushbury Hill Primary School and Montgomery Primary School, all certified in February 2012.
  • There are 20 UK Passivhaus certified educational buildings, including schools, colleges, and University buildings.
  • The University of Leicester, Centre for Medicine  is currently the largest commercial Passivhaus in the UK.

NB – The above stats are correct for certified Passivhaus schools, to the Trust’s knowledge at March 2021. Whilst we endeavour to keep a thorough record of all UK certified Passivhaus schemes, if we are not informed of a project, or it is not fully certified, it may not be on our database.

 

Passivhaus Schools

Oakmeadow Primary School

Wolverhampton, England

Timber Construction

Completed: 2011

 

Bushbury Hill Primary School

Wolverhampton, England

Timber Construction

Completed: 2011

 

Montgomery Primary School

Exeter, England

Masonry Construction

Completed: 2011

Oakmeadow Primary School
  Bushbury Hill Primary School
  Montgomery Primary School
         

Swillington Primary School

Leeds, England

Completed: June 2012

 

Richmond Hill Primary & Nursery School

Leeds, England

Timber Construction

Completed: 2012

 

Wilkinson Primary School

Wolverhampton, England

Timber Construction

Completed: 2014

Swillington Primary Passivhaus   Richmond Hill Primary School   Wilkinson Primary School
         

Smallwood Primary School

London, England

Timber Construction

Completed: 2014

Modular classroom addition to existing Primary school

 

Kings Hawford Junior School

Worcester, England

Timber Construction

Completion: 2015

 

 

Rocking Horse Nursery

Aberdeen, Scotland

Timber Construction

Completed: 2015

Passivclass   Kings Hawford Junior School   Rocking Horse Nursery
         

Burry Port Primary School

Wales

Bretstrapple Timber Construction

Completed: 2015

 

Stebon Primary School 

London, England

Timber Construction

Completed: 2015 

Passivhaus extension

 

Linden Lodge School: Isobel Family Centre

London, England

Timber Construction

Completed: 2017 

 

Burry Port Primary School
Stebon Primary School   Linden Lodge School: Isobel Family Centre
         

Blackridge Nursery

Scotland

Timber Construction

Completed: 2021

       
Blackridge Nursery, Image credit: Hub South East        

 

Other Education & Learning Facilities

There are also a number of other UK educational projects that cater for higher education & research.

  1. The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia - Norwich, England.

  2. George Davies Centre, University of Leicester (Currently the largest commercial Passivhaus in the UK)

  3. Hereford Archive & Record Centre (HARC) – Hereford, England.

  4. Cre8 Barn – Huddersfield, England.

  5. The Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) – Northern Ireland.

  6. STEM at University of Bradford - England.

  7. South West Energy Centre Passivhaus Demonstration House - Devon, England.

  8. University of Oxford, Kellogg College – Oxford, England.

  9. Hadlow College – Kent, England.

  10. RAD building - University of Nottingham.

  11. Erne Campus - Enniskillen

 

In the Pipeline

There are a few other schools and other educational schemes under construction or awaiting Passivhaus certification:

 

 

Post Occupancy Evaluation

PHT Patron Member Architype, have conducted a post occupancy data monitoring on a number of their school projects. The data proves that pupils’ concentration levels benefit from the superior indoor air quality and thermal comfort a Passivhaus provides. Controlled and maintained CO2 levels help the children stay alert and attentive throughout the day. Running and maintenance costs are slashed, as the building requires nominal energy to heat or cool.

 Architype schools: Summer CO2 concentration levels

If you have an educational Passivhaus project under construction or nearing certification – please let us know by completing and returning the project information request form to:info@passivhaustrust.org.uk

 

Further Information

Passivhaus for Educational Buildings Campaign

What is Passivhaus

Passivhaus Student Competition

Passivhaus for Local Authorities

How to build a Passivhaus (and other guides)