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Tell us about your Passivhaus


Not just for houses! There’s a growing number of bespoke non-domestic Passivhaus buildings in the UK. Passivhaus is grounded in building physics, so the Standard’s tools and methodology can apply to any building typology. Here we outline case studies from leisure centres to community halls and everything in between. 

Healthcare   I   Leisure   I   Libraries & archives   I   Community Centres   I   Fire & Police Stations   I   Schools

 

Healthcare

Hospitals must have high levels of hygiene and are often energy-guzzling. Learn more about reducing unnecessary heating bills, improving patients wellbeing, and the potential of Passivhaus in healthcare. Frankfurt hospital is on track to become the world’s first certified to Passivhaus Standard. Consisting of 664 beds, 10-operating theatres, and a hybrid operating room, all to be completed in 2021. Learn more in the video below. Closer to home, Foleshill Health Centre is one of the most energy-efficient in the NHS estate.

Frankfurt Hospital aiming for Passivhaus certification

Foleshill Health Centre aiming for Passivhaus certification
Wigan Veterinary Centre - Passivhaus certified
St Loyes Extra Care Housing - aiming for Passivhaus certification
Artic42 is a medical complex in France focused on dialysis care.

 

Sports & Leisure

Adopting Passivhaus for leisure facilities, particularly indoor pools, can save local authorites significant sums over the long-term in energy bills. Further guidance on Passivhaus pools can be found here and in the PHI Guidance: Swimming with a clear conscience. St Sidwell's Point in Exeter is set to become the UK's first certified leisure centre & public swimming pool.

Exeter How St Sidwell's Point will look. Image: Exeter City Council Spelthorne Leisure Centre
Bambados Pool in Bamberg, Germany. Certified Passivhaus Glänningehallen Passivhaus Gym

 

Libraries & Archives

Learn more about stable environments for precious objects and the people responsible for them. Airtightness is often more important than insulation for an archive building with supply air dehumidification and no heating. More examples & monitoring here.

Hereford Archive and Record Centre [HARC] Paper Store, Imperial War Museum, Duxford
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Hull Maritime Visitor Centre

 

Community Centres

From village halls to training centres, community centres provide crucial spaces to bring people together.

Mildmay Community Centre  I   Bere Architects Wereham Village Hall exterior | Parsons + Whittley Green Base   I   Simmonds Mills Architects
Cre8 Barn   I  Green Building Store CREST Evangelical parish of Heinsberg - certified EnerPHit

 

Other Civic Buildings

The UK is yet to build a Passivhaus certified supermarket, hotel, or cinema, but there are some interesting projects to discover further afield. Below are two fire stations and a police station located in Germany. Visit the Commercial Passivhaus buildings page for more examples of non-domestic Passivhaus in the UK. Find more global inspiration via the advanced search on the International Passivhaus Projects Database.  

Heidelberg Passivhaus Fire Station

Passivhaus Police Station, Bayern

 

Further Information 

10 Passivhaus buildings that are not houses - October 2019

Passivhaus for educational buildings

Passivhaus commercial projects

Previous PHT story: UK Passivhaus staycations - 10 April 2021

Heidelberg Passivhaus District