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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 17 UK certified Passivhaus schools in total.
  • There are 13 certified Passivhaus schools in England, 2 nursery schools in Scotland, and 2 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 28 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 October 2022. 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

Thornhill Primary School Hackbridge Primary School. Image credit: Architype Harris Academy Sutton
Ysgol Parc y Tywyn Blackridge Nursery, Image credit: Hub South East Linden Lodge School: Isobel Family Centre
Stebon Primary School Burry Port Primary School Rocking Horse Nursery
Kings Hawford Junior School Passivclass Wilkinson Primary School
Richmond Hill Primary School Swillington Primary Passivhaus Two-Rivers-Passivhaus-Primary Passivhaus Plus © Bhagesh Sachania Photography
Bushbury Hill Primary School Oakmeadow Primary School St Edward's Passivhaus Plus School. Image credit: St Edward's School

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Other Education & Learning Facilities

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

Erne Campus, Image credit: South West College
The Enerprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Image credit: Architype
George Davies Centre, University of Leicester (Currently the largest commercial Passivhaus in the UK) Image credit: Martine Hamilton
Cre8 Barn, Image credit: Green Building Store
The Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST), Image credit: Paul McAlister Architects
STEM at University of Bradford, Image credit: Watson Batty Architects
Hereford Archive & Record Centre (HARC), Image credit: Dennis Gilbert
South West Energy Centre Passivhaus Demonstration House
University of Oxford, Kellogg College, Image credit: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Hadlow College, Image credit: Eurobuild
RAD building, University of Nottingham, Image credit: Yogini Patel


In the pipeline

There are many other schools and educational schemes under construction or awaiting Passivhaus certification, we have a handful of the projects listed below:

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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

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Further Information

Passivhaus for Educational Buildings Campaign

UK Passivhaus Certified Projects Map

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Previous PHT story: Super-sized Scottish campus targets Passivhaus - 22 November 2022

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