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Passivhaus events at Ecobuild 2015

Ecobuild Designing Better Buildings in association with the Passivhaus TrustThe giant sustainable design and construction trade show returns to Excel, London in 2015 with many Passivhaus seminars and activities. The Trust will have a presence by organising Passivhaus events for the Designing Better Buildings seminars.

This stream looks at how to realise good quality, low energy buildings that promote the well-being of occupiers. It looks at different approaches to low energy design including fabric first, Passivhaus and building services. It covers the best of balancing the requirements of building regulations, rating systems and cost effective, good design.

The Trust will also be launching a new publication titled How to Build a Passivhaus: Rules of Thumb.

A summary of Passivhaus highlights featuring at Ecobuild 2015 can be found below. For detailed information, such as descriptions on each event and speakers, please visit our Ecobuild events listing.


Ecobuild 3 March Passivhaus events

Passivhaus: A model for designing for local climate differences as well as for anticipated climate change?

TUESDAY 10.45 - 12.15 - Designing Better Buildings

To achieve near zero-energy buildings in the UK, we need to recognise that the climate in northern Scotland is not the same as in south Cornwall, Does Passivhaus offer a model for optimising fabric and energy performance in local and future conditions? Can it be more competitive in terms of costs? How do we adapt Passivhaus to meet future climate predictions? How can we deliver it to close the performance gap? For the first time, data is available to verify results.

Chair: Lynne Sullivan

Adaptation of Passivhaus models for future climate predictions
Rob McLeod, Regeneration Partnership

Overheating and thermal comfort: Evidence from Passivhaus dwellings
Caroline Martin, WARM

Avoiding the performance gap through Passivhaus design
Kym Mead, Associate Director, Passivhaus Trust


Learning from refurbishment successes in Europe

TUESDAY 16.15 - 17.45 - Refurb & Retrofit

With the domestic refurbishment market struggling to gain traction, demand and financing, what can the UK learn from innovative approaches, methodologies and financing models from across Europe? How can these experiences be built on to help facilitate the market in the UK?

Chair: Arno Schmickler, Director, Urbano

 Refurbishing homes the Passivehaus journey in Austria 
Johannes Kislinger, ah3 and Chair, Austrian Passivhaus Trust


UK Passivhaus Awards Launch

TUESDAY 16.30 tbc - Advantage Austria Stand

The 2015 awards aim to promote the Passivhaus Standard in the UK, to encourage drive and enthusiasm for the Passivhaus standard, to gather evidence that Passivhaus buildings address occupant health and well-being, energy saving and other sustainability issues. Join us for the official launch of the Awards and drinks reception, sponsored by Advantage Austria.

Ecobuild 04 March Passivhaus events

Can Passivhaus lead to a 'zero-carbon' future for the UK?

WEDNESDAY 10.30 - 12.00 Designing Better Buildings

Can Passivhaus achieve the 2016 targets and beyond without reverting to the get-out option of  “allowable solutions”, and if so, at what cost? This seminar looks at the art of the possible.

Chair: Jon Bootland

Passivhaus compared to 2013 Building Regulations and to carbon compliance: What does it really cost?

Roger Burton, Director, Nvirohaus

Transforming UK housing with Passivhaus as standard – starting with 150 houses in Herefordshire
Jonathan Hines, Director, Architype

University of Leicester Centre for Medicine: Scaling up Passivhaus to deliver the university’s low-carbon ambitions
Jonathan Chadwick, Associate, Associated Architects
Ben Shuster, Passivhaus Consultant, Willmott Dixon Energy Services

Passivhaus and Embodied Carbon as a means of delivering zero carbon buildings
Andy Barron, Project Manager, UEA Adapt Centre 

Ecobuild 05 March Passivhaus events

Passivhaus: Delivering small, medium and large-scale projects

THURSDAY 14.15 - 15.45 Designing Better Buildings

This seminar explores exemplar Passivhaus schemes for both housing and non-domestic buildings. Which systems are being used, and what are the cost implications for delivering Passivhaus standards at varying scales?

Chair: Jon Bootland

Passivhaus: Buildability and cost control
Janet Cotterell, Director, Passivhaus Homes

Commissioning for housing
Emma Osmundsen, Housing Development Manager & Client Lead (Build), Exeter City Council

Lessons learned from Passivhaus schools
Matt Wisdom, Environmental Manager, Thomas Vale Construction

Passivhaus takes off – developing housing at scale
Benedict Binns, Associate Director, NPS Group


Performance in practice with a fabric-first approach

THURSDAY 12.30 - 14.00 - Building Performance

Getting a home’s envelope as airtight and thermally efficient as possible is an excellent foundation for a low-carbon building. This session will explore the benefits of adopting a fabric-first approach, the practicalities of getting the fabric right, what is cost-effective and the optimum point to get to. It will also explore how a fabric-first approach can reduce the performance gap and considerations for airtightness, ventilation and occupier comfort, examining common failure points and solutions.

Chair: Rob Warren

Getting airtightness and ventilation right
Nick Grant, Principal, Elemental Solutions



A  list of all exhibiting PHT members can also be found on the Ecobuild events listing.

If you are involved in any Passivhaus events or activities at Ecobuild, please let us know by contacting with the following details:

  • Title of the event

  • Date, Time & Location

  • Brief Description

  • Speakers (if applicable)

  • Link to the event


9th January 2015

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