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RIBA survey confirms growing interest in Passivhaus

A recent RIBA Future Trends survey concluded that there is a growing interest from clients in Passivhaus, both on domestic and non-domestic projects, although across the industry as a whole, the Future Trends Workload Index saw a decrease in December 2015.


Practices have commented on the growing interest from clients in designing to Passivhaus standards, and this is no longer limited to domestic projects. There seems to be plenty of evidence that knowledge of Passivhaus increasingly carries added value in the market for architectural services.”

Adrian Dobson, Executive Director of Members, RIBA


RIBA recently conducted another study titled Future Housing Design Trends. After gaining insights from a number of participating practices, the results showed that architects were seeing a greater demand from clients for a “fabric first” approach, with 70% forecasting an increase in the use of advanced insulation products over the next year.


We are witnessing Passivhaus emerge as a popular low energy standard for housing."

RIBA Future Housing Design Trends 2015


The RIBA Future Trends survey is carried out monthly to a sample of architect practices. First launched in January 2009, the survey aims to identify crucial trends in the sector and their implications for architects and the wider industry.

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2nd February 2016

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