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Increased Passivhaus interest marks 2013 Open Days

Parkview Hub: Photo credit Tanisha Raffiuddin

Mark Elton explaining the details of the prefabricated facade at Parkview Hub. Photo credit Tanisha Raffiuddin

The UK Passivhaus Open Days 2013 (in conjunction with the International Passive House Days) took place on 8-10 November with projects all over the UK opening their doors to curious visitors. There has been a growth in interest for the Passivhaus Open Days since last year, with 20 participating projects seeing over 600 visitors across the 3 days. 

Following interest in Passivhaus benefits from the media (The Guardian, BBC, Sky News) just ahead of the Open Days, a number of projects received a flurry of last minute booking requests. Even the downpour on the Friday did not deter visitors. Passivhaus is slowly but surely gaining momentum in the public eye, as it is now being recognised as an ultra-low energy standard that addresses health & wealth. 

The range of projects included new build private houses, a mixed tenure housing scheme, a primary school and retrofits of private houses and a social housing block. The full list of participating projects along with their project details can be found here.

Visitors ranged from well informed Architects to novice self-builders-  all who were enthusiastic about Passivhaus and eager to learn more. With a more informed set of visitors, the conversation has now moved away from what is Passivhaus, to what are the costs and where to buy one!? Many visitors were thankful for the opportunity to gain access to Passivhaus projects, particularly when projects are still under construction.

One energy consultant comment that "It is hard to convey to clients who’ve never been into a Passivhaus what it’s like, so open days to view energy-efficient houses are very useful." Elizabeth Stooley, owner of The Autonomous House said: "Most visitors were impressed by how much money we save living in an energy-efficient house – and by the fact that it  ‘pays’ us about £500 a year."

Fox Barn, Photo credit: Jan & Katie Robinson

Chayley Collis from Green Building Store said: "What was encouraging was how many Passivhaus projects (both new build & retrofit) were in the pipeline – led by self-builders and co-housing groups etc. It felt good to be able to put people in touch with other Passivhaus enthusiasts in their area. People at many different life stages – eg planning for retirement or trying to gain their first step on the housing ladder – were interested and it marked a heightened awareness of Passivhaus generally." Read her blog on the Green Building Store website here.

Octavia's Sulgrave gardens window detail

The International Passive House Association (iPHA) reports that this year's Open Days were the largest and most successful yet. Thousands of visitors visited a staggering number of Passivhaus projects around the globe participated this year and other events, conferences, workshops and guided tours took place alongside. Read more from iPHA here.

The Trust would like to thank all the particpating project hosts for their enthusiasm and passion for Passivhaus which made the Open Days such a success and will have inspired others to embark on their own Passivhaus projects.

Next year's Passivhaus Open Days will take place from 7 - 9 November 2014 - mark your calendars today!

Plummerswood, Christine Grahame (Local MSP) and Anne Nimmo. Photo credit: Ian Nimmo

21st November 2013


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