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UK Passivhaus Awards 2013- winners announced!

Passivhaus Homes Ltd, Eco arc Architects and JPW construction take home Passivhaus top prize 

The UK Passivhaus Awards was launched by the Passivhaus Trust to celebrate the achievements of Passivhaus pioneers in the UK. The awards highlighted the versatility of the Passivhaus Standard that can be applied to any building type or size and that Passivhaus design can demonstrably create beautiful, energy efficient, comfortable and cost-effective buildings. The awards ceremony took place on 4th July at the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador, London and was well attended by the who’s who of the UK Passivhaus community.

All nine of the shortlisted projects were presented at the Awards. The presentations were accompanied by 2 minute videos prepared for the Trust by PHT member Ben Adam-Smith and provided a great soft touch to the presentations which focused on hard facts and figures from the measured performance data.

The winners were decided by a joint vote from the audience and PHT members who had voted online earlier in the week.

Private Housing

Sponsored by Ecology Building Society

Winner: Totnes Passivhaus, Passivhaus Homes Ltd.


Crossway, Hawkes Architecture

Plummerswood, Gaia Architects

Janet Cotterell of CTT Sustainable Architecture and Passivhaus Homes Ltd. said: 'We are especially pleased to be acknowledged by the Passivhaus Awards which include measured performance along with the other usual competition criteria. We desperately need good built models across the UK demonstrating the Passivhaus methodology and this is exactly what this competition champions. It was a strong category (Crossway and Plummerswood also shortlisted) and so we felt particularly privileged to win with our 70s modernist style retrofit. The B&B at Totnes Passivhaus is always open to the Passivhaus curious! Our current new-build projects are aiming to demonstrate that Passivhaus is an economically viable option for ‘affordable’ housing in the UK, which is also critical for future take-up.’ 

Social/ Group Housing

Sponsored by Kingspan Insulation Ltd.

Winner: Lancaster Cohousing Project, Eco Arc Architects & Alan Clarke


Ditchingham Passivhaus, Parsons & Whittley
Racecourse Passivhaus Bungalows, Gentoo

Andrew Yeats of Ecoarc Architects said: 'Eco Arc Architects and Lancaster Cohousing are delighted to win the award and are very grateful to the PHT for facilitating such an excellent event and raising the profile of high quality design lead Passivhaus  projects in the UK.We trust our winning project will inspire others to have confidence to deliver owner occupied Passivhaus housing  projects in the UK on a larger scale at affordable prices in accord with current market values.

We hope the completed Lancaster Cohousing 41 passive house project can be a catalyst for future sustainable neighbourhood developments  across the country and provide a stepping stone to deliver more higher volume Passivhaus housing projects to communities throughout the UK.'

Non- Domestic

Sponsored by Munster Joinery

Winner: Canolfan Hyddgen, JPW Construction


Green Base, Simmonds Mills Architects
No 3 Raynsway- Interserve Office, Interserve

John Williamson of JPW Construction said: “We would to thank the UK Passivhaus Trust for creating this unique award combining Architectural Aesthetics and measured in use energy consumption. We hope such successful examples of Passivhaus will inspire others to adopt and engage with this proven approach to low energy buildings.”

All entries for the awards were judged by a panel of Passivhaus experts- Jon Bootland, Chief Executive of the PHT; Nick Grant, Technical Director of the PHT; Hattie Hartman, Sustainability editor of The Architects' Journal and Lynne Sullivan, Partner at sustainableBYdesign. 

This year’s Awards have seen a variety of projects from different and challenging contexts successfully achieving the Passivhaus standard and enhancing the internal environments of the occupiers. Projects from this year’s shortlist have broken the Passivhaus stereotype and include schemes designed in Conservation areas, using innovative construction techniques such as Brettstapel Construction, and a social Cohousing project, one of the very few in the UK. All projects report outstanding indoor environments, significant energy savings and positive feedback from occupants.

A summary of the predicted and measured performance data of all the shortlisted projects is available in the Project Gallery on the Passivhaus Trust website.

UK Passivhaus Awards 2013- Youtube playlist

UK Passivhaus Awards 2013- In pictures

UK Passivhaus Awards 2013- further information

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5th July 2013

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