Passivhaus Affiliate

2021: Ones to watch

COP26, an explosion of Council-led Passivhaus developments at scale, a UK 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, and more. The UK Passivhaus Community has achieved much in the past ten years - but there is much work to be done in the next decade as we cautiously transition out of the pandemic. Check out our top picks as we move into 2021.


Green Recovery & COP 26

Covid-19 is changing how we use energy in buildings – witnessing a partial shift in energy demand to residential buildings, as social distancing and teleworking reduce the use of commercial buildings. Government recovery stimulus packages include a 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution in the UK.

We hope to get involved with the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, scheduled for November 2021 in Glasgow and highlight that "Efficiency is the first renewable energy" alongside the greater international Passivhaus community. More details to follow in Spring.


Notable Passivhaus Projects

York City Council 600 Passivhaus homes

Councils Can! There has been an explosion of council-led developments creating larger scale Passivhaus developments and innovation in sustainable healthy cities & towns. We are particularly looking forward to the progress of York City Council's 600 homes, designed by Mikhail Riches. Other exciting developments include Ealing Council's exploration of standardisation, East Suffolk's 61 home brownfield regeneration, and progress at Agar Grove estate regeneration.

UWE Student Residences © Stride Treglown Architects

Large-scale developments bring different challenges. We are looking forward to progress on the UWE student accommodation, which is striving to become the largest in the world certified to Passivhaus.

Erne Campus: South West College

We can't wait to see the completion of several pioneering Passivhaus projects in 2021, including the UK's first:

St Sophia's Primary School | Hamson Barron Smith

Exciting retrofit developments are underway - Hutchcomb retrofit has just become the second in the UK to meet EnerPHit Plus certification. There are some encouraging retrofit ambitions from several school schemes including St Sophia's Primary School in East Ayrshire (left), and councils are yet again taking lead as can be seen with Niddrie Road. We’ll have more information about these projects in the New Year.

Let us know about your Passivhaus project.


Campaigns & Activities

We are working on several exciting developments in 2021:

  • UK Passivhaus Awards: The postponed 2020 UK Passivhaus Awards will take place in 2021 so get your performance monitoring data ready! In the lead-up to the ceremony we shall showcase ten seminal schemes from the last decade of Passivhaus in the UK.

  • Education & Training: As previewed at the 2020 UK Passivhaus Conference the Trust are developing a sector-wide strategy to train-up at least 50% of the construction industry. To confidently deliver accessible Passivhaus & net-zero education, an e-learning hub is under development.

  • Research reports: We are excited that we will be able to share part 2 of our costs & benefits guide next year in Spring, focusing on the health & social benefits of Passivhaus. Find out more on further publications and planned research in 2021 here

  • Retrofit: We will be developing guidance on retrofit solutions across several campaigns including Social Housing and Educational Buildings.

Passivhaus e-learning hub


For more on our calendar of Passivhaus events & certified training please keep checking our online listings or sign up to the Passivhaus Trust mailing list.


14th December 2020

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