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Passivhaus Student Competition

UK Passivhaus Student Competition

sponsored by

Lafarge Tarmac

The Trust launched a nationwide pilot Passivhaus student competition, kindly sponsored by Tarmac, in October 2014 at the UK Passivhaus Conference. 

The key objective of the competition is to give architecture & planning students a creative vehicle to learn about transforming an existing area in need of regeneration, and its buildings, into a low-energy sustainable place using the Passivhaus standard and principles.

The competition will form part of the students’ ongoing course work; they will develop a masterplan to improve an existing town centre. Within this masterplan the competitors will be asked to identify one retrofit or new build project and provide detailed design to turn this into a certifiable Passivhaus building. 

Each university has identified a live regeneration scheme with support from the associated council; student projects have the chance to potentially inform & influence the local redevelopments. The locations have similar post-war, concrete urban centre characteristics. 

Participating Universities

University of Hertfordshire

University of Nottingham

University of the West of England

University of Hertfordshire University of Nottingham UWE

Regeneration of Stevenage.

Supported by the Stevenage Borough Council

Regeneration of Beeston.

Supported by the Broxtowe Borough Council

Regeneration of Bristol town centre.

Supported by the Bristol City Council

Projects must aim to achieve sustainable development, both in terms of creating energy efficient buildings and in terms of nurturing a community that is commercially viable and resilient.

The Passivhaus standard has been identified as the ideal vehicle to explore these challenges because of the simplicity of its approach and clearer relationship with design decisions. The standard is flexible allowing the students to explore throughout the project the relationship between design and performance in terms of comfort and energy efficiency. Dr Rodrigues, University of Nottingham.

Hereford Archive Centre, exterior night shotAll participating students will recieve tutorials on DesignPH & have guest Passivhaus Tutors comment on their designs.

As part of the competition all the students will have the opportunity to experience a Passivhaus building from first-hand experience. Students will be taken on a private guided tour of the UK’s first Passivhaus Archive & Record Centre designed by Architype and built to the robust Passivhaus Standard in Hereford. Pictured right & below. Photo credit: Dennis Gilbert

Hereford Archive Centre, exterior, Architype Hereford Archive Centre, exterior, Architype


Each University will select a shortlist of exemplar projects. The shortlist will then be judged by a panel of industry & academic experts:

  • Fran Bradshaw – Anne Thorne Architects
  • Dr Mark Gillot – Institute of Sustainable Energy Technology, Nottingham University
  • Martyn Kenny– Tarmac
  • Jon Bootland – Passivhaus Trust



Oct 2014

Launch of Passivhaus Student Competition at 2014 UK Passivhaus Conference

Nov- Jun

Students begin projects. All Universities recieve tutorials on DesignPH & have guest Tutors specifically trained in Passivhaus

Apr 2015

Site visit to Hereford Archive and Record Centre

Jun 2015

Judging of shortlist

Jun 2015

Winners announced

Oct 2015

Awards ceremony & exhibition at 2015 UK Passivhaus Conference



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Supported by

Tarmac Architype

24th April 2015

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