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UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 Winners

UK Passivhaus Awards 2016

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Congratulations to triumphant Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects & Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects who were crowned the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards winners. The Winners were announced at a ceremony held in London on the 7th July, attended by approximately 80 delegates. Each finalist present their schemes to attendees and worked with Regen Media's Ben Adam-Smith to produce a 2-minute video to show the project in context, with perspectives from prominent team members ranging from occupant to contractor to designer. The winners were decided by PHT members and Award Ceremony delegates.


Tigh na Croit


Lansdowne Drive 

Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects: Rural Winner - UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 Lansdowne Drive, Tectonics Architects: Urban Winner - UK Passivhaus Awards 2016
Tigh na Croit Rural Winner - UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 Lansdowne Drive, Tectonics Architects: Urban Winner - UK Passivhaus Awards 2016


2016 Objectives

  1. To celebrate that small Passivhaus buildings can be comfortable, healthy and beautifully designed.
  2. To demonstrate that the Passivhaus standard can be applied using any type of system or material.
  3. To raise the profile and encourage uptake of the Passivhaus standard within the custom & self-build market.

Full Shortlist

The winning schemes beat some very strong competition provided by five other finalists including RDA Architects, Anne Thorne Architects, Green Building Store, Gresford Architects & Parsons + Whittley. All the finalists feature in our projects gallery. Click on the images below for further information.

  Winner       Winner  
Chiswick Eco Lodge, RDA Architects, UK Passivhaus Awards - Urban Category Lansdowne Drive, Tectonics Architects, UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 - Urban category Meeting House, Anne Thorne Architects, UK Passivahus Awards 2016 - Urban Category Golcar Passivhaus, Green Building Store, UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 - Rural Category Lime Tree Passivhaus, Parsons + Whittley, UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 - Rural Category Tigh na Croit, HLM Architects, UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 - Rural Category The Old Water Tower, Gresford Architects, UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 - Rural Category
Urban Category Rural Category


Great having occupants at the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards reporting on the thermal delight they experience in their Passivhaus homes.

Nick Grant, 2016 Judging Panel, Passivhaus Trust


What does it take to self-build to Passivhaus?

Whilst the votes were counted and verified the special feature debate delved into what it takes to self-build to Passivhaus, led by a panel of Passivhaus experts:

How do you persuade clients to go for Passivhaus?
John Palmer of Enhabit stated that Passivhaus sells itself to the self-build community – we just need to make them aware of the possibilities. Jon Broome highlighted that people want to build the house they want, including silly features if they want them!

What is different on a self-build striving for Passivhaus?
Jon Broome, of Jon Broome Architects, stated that there are lots of barriers in the way, from securing land through to costs and finance and most of these are nothing to do with Passivhaus. Contractors without Passivhaus experience can be wary about the standard and designers need to help them de-risk the process. 

What are the benefits of building to Passivhaus?
Anne Thorne, of Anne Thorne Architects, stressed that we need to keep the messages simple, for example "the heating bills for your Passivhaus will be about the same as a cup of coffee per week" or "it's like putting a tea cosy over your house". John Palmer stated that it's all about comfort and health and that's how we should be promoting Passivhaus, not just energy efficiency.


Thanks to all the tweeps who helped capture the day on social media. Follow #PHTawards2016 for more details. Or check out some select tweets here. View the photo gallery below:

2016 UK Passivhaus Awards




I really enjoyed the UK Passivhaus Awards: tight, fiddly urban & rural sites overcome by simple rigorous PH solutions

 John Pratley, Gardner Stewart Architects


Thank you to all finalists  & speakers for undergoing the gruelling judging and presenting such interesting and inspiring projects. 

The Trust would also like to thank  judges, sponsors REHAU, Ecology building society and Cygnum Timber Frame along with host UBM for allowing us to hold such a great event.

Until next year!


Sponsored by:


Main Sponsor Category sponsors 
REHAU Cygnum Timber Frame Ecology Building Society


8th July 2016

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