Passivhaus Affiliate

Large Scale Passivhaus: Developments in the UK

Date: 30 April 2014 Time: 13.30 - 17.30
Location: Room 512, Thomas Graham Building, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Cost: £15 + VAT PHT Members, £20 + VAT Non Members

The Passivhaus standard is increasingly being adopted in significant large scale UK new build and retrofit projects. This event provides an overview of some of the most exciting projects and insights into why they adopted Passivhaus, how they were delivered, and what the project outcomes have been. The focus will be on the financial and logistical propositions for successfully delivering high quality Passivhaus in the current market. 

Projects cover multiple sectors, including new-build social housing, large-scale private housing, large and small scale Passivhaus retrofits, individual new-build homes, through to leading non-domestic new-build and retrofit projects including schools.

The intent is to bring those with experience of successfully delivering Passivhaus projects in the UK together with those interested in exploring the possibility of a Passivhaus project. 

Who should attend?

The seminar is aimed at those who are already engaged in low energy building, those who may be interested in starting a Passivhaus project, or those who want to know more.



1:00 – 1:30: Registration, tea & coffee

1:30: Welcome & introduction to the activities of the Passivhaus Trust in Scotland and the

Passivhaus Trust in the UK.  A map of UK Passivhaus projects. Approach to Quality.

Paul Tuohy, University of Strathclyde, and, Kym Mead, Passive House Trust

1:45: Why, where and how to deliver Passivhaus commercially, including UK case studies of housing, schools, universities, and other non-domestic buildings.

Jonathan Hines, Architype. Jonathan has worked as the architect on five schools, a University building and an archive building in England, and as an expert advisor on the Chester Balmore social housing scheme, all to the Passivhaus standard. He is also setting up a commercial development company to manufacture, build and invest in Passivhaus private housing in the midlands, where the Passivhaus performance is a key feature in helping to obtain planning permission.

2:20: Case studies 1: 4 social housing schemes in the East of England

John LeFever, Hastoe Housing

Hastoe Housing have now completed three Passivhaus rural social housing scheme at Wimbish, Ditchingham and Wimbush, with four further schemes currently under development. Their Wimbish scheme has been subject to extensive monitoring by the University of East Anglia and the results of the first two years of monitoring have recently been published.

2.50: Short discussion forum

3.00: Tea & coffee

3:25: Case study 2: Large-scale social housing retrofit in London

Mark Elton, Sustainable by Design

Mark has been instrumental in promoting refurbishment of existing social housing to the Passivhaus refurbishment standard EnerPHit, including an 18 unit linear block project called Parkview Hub for Gallions Housing Association in Thamesmead. Mark will also be co-leading the Passivhaus Retrofit Masterclass on 1st May, and is a judge for the international Passivhaus awards 2014.

3:55: Case study 3: Chester Balmore large-scale housing in London

Ben Shuster, Willmott Dixon

Ben is the contractor lead for the 54 unit social and private housing scheme for Camden Council.

4:25: Scottish showcase: Compendium of projects in Scotland

Kirsty Maguire and Graham Drummond

Kirsty and Graham will provide an overview of Scottish Passivhaus projects.   

5.00: Discussion Panel: ‘The Passivhaus value proposition for new and retrofit projects?’

5.30: Formal Event Close - then refreshments and networking

7.00: Informal Event Close.

Following day: Retrofit Masterclass



£15 + VAT PHT Members, £20 + VAT Non Members, Students free. 

Booking is essential.


To book please contact Roger Southcott:

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