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1st Winners of Passivhaus Student Competition revealed

Passivhaus Student Competition sponsored by lafarge Tarmac

Competition Objective

The Trust have been piloting our first Passivhaus Student Competition sponsored by TarmacThe key objective of the competition gave 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. Each university has identified a live regeneration scheme with support from the associated council.

As part of the competition, students undertook Passivhaus teaching as part of their coursework from external Passivhaus experts, had access to PHPP & DesignPH, as well as a site visit to experience at first hand the award-winning Hereford Archive and Records Centre, aiming for Passivhaus certification.

Judging Panel

  • Fran Bradshaw – Anne Thorne Architects


  • Prof Mark Gillott – Nottingham University


  • Martyn Kenny– Larfarge Tarmac


  • Jon Bootland – Passivhaus Trust


We're proud to sponsor the Passivhaus student competition. The products and solutions we create play a fundamental role in creating a more sustainable built environment and sustainable communities so I very much enjoyed seeing all the students' entries.  I’d like to extend congratulations to the winners and all who took part. Working with these talented young architects and planning students is key to supporting their development, and unlocking creative design ideas that place whole life sustainability at the forefront.


Dr Martyn Kenny,

Sustainability Director at Tarmac



The Universities shortlisted 3-4 projects for the competition and the judges are happy to announce the first winners of the Passivhaus Student Competition

Andrew Smith

Deep Green & Keep it Simple

University of Hertfordshire   

Regeneration of Stevenage. Supported by Stevenage Borough Council

Students produced a report for Stevenage Borough Council outlining refurbishment options on the former Lloyds office building in the centre in Stevenage. 

Deep Green & keep it simple

Full Shortlist:

  • WINNER: Andrew Smith 

  • Amy Tempest 

  • John Shuttleworth 

  • Raymond Lee

University of Hertfordshire


Chenglei Sheng


University of Nottingham   

Regeneration of Beeston. Supported by Broxtowe Borough Council

After working on group masterplans, students developed their own designs for either a new build or retrofit mixed use development designed to Passivhaus Standard. The brief included an iconic destination building that links with important landmarks, and has appropriate scale & presence to the new tram.

 C Sheng_ Multi Beestown

Full Shortlist

  • WINNER: Chenglei Sheng

  • Highly CommendedSabrina Mostofa

  • Lui Fengling

University of Nottingham

Theo Scaramanga

Water Phenomena

University of the West of England

Regeneration of Bristol town centre. Supported by Bristol City Council

Students were encouraged to produce ‘civic’ minded projects focusing on the repair of city fabric by the insertion of an appropriate master plan, a multi-occupant Performance in Education complex and well considered public space, as well as the retrofitting of a 1960's office block to Passivhaus standards.

 T Scaramanga Water Phenomena

Full Shortlist

  • WINNER: Theo Scaramanga 

  • Will Webb 

  • Anna Sturtivant 

  • Michaela Malia 


Learn More

Further information on each project will be available in July. Congratulations to the winners who will be honoured at the 2015 UK Passivhaus Conference with a prize giving ceremony after the main programme of the Conference, along with having their winning schemes exhibited throughout the day.

The Trust would like to thank all the Universities that participate, the external Tutors for teaching Passivhaus, the judging panel for making some tough decisions, and lastly, the sponsors Lafarge Tarmac.


It has been interesting to see the variety of entries from the students, as they represent the different skills that are needed to deliver a successful Passivhaus, from concept design through detailed design and PHPP calculations and down to the individual choices of materials and energy efficiency measures to be implemented. It’s great to see such an enthusiastic response to Passivhaus from the next generation of designers and consultants! 

The Trust have been delighted to work with Lafarge Tarmac on this inaugural student competition, particularly because the choice of materials has such an impact on the thermal performance of a building in terms of managing both heat losses and thermal gains. The students’ feedback was excellent about the resources we were able to provide due to Lafarge Tarmac’s support.

Jon Bootland, CEO, Passivhaus Trust


Further Information

Passivhaus Student Competition



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17th June 2015

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