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Passivhaus Student Competition 2016

Passivhaus Student Competition 2016


Competition Objective

Developed and expanding upon the pilot 2015 competition, the key objective is to give architecture, engineering & planning students a creative vehicle to learn about using Passivhaus principles and provide an opportunity to apply the Standard to their own designs.

The competition will form part of the students’ ongoing course work; Competitors are asked to identify one UK retrofit or new build project and provide detailed design to turn this into a certifiable Passivhaus building.


Participating Universities

University of Bath
University of Nottingham

Oxford Brookes University

Sheffield School of Architecture


The Competition

Students participating in the nationwide competition, will have the opportunity to attend the 2016 UK Passivhaus Conference, receive Passivhaus training & given access to Passivhaus design software, and given the opportunity to experience a Passivhaus at first hand with an organised site visit.

A winner has been chosen from each University, and announced in Summer 2017, with the awards ceremony taking place at the 2017 UK Passivhaus Conference.

2016 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners



Judging will take place in June 2017 by the following panel:

  • Martyn Kenny, Tarmac

  • Hattie Hartman, Architect's Journal

  • Dr Mark Gillot, University of Nottingham

  • Fran Bradshaw, Anne Thorne Architects

  • Jon Bootland, Passivhaus Trust

  • Yogini Patel, Passivhaus Trust



Oct 2016

Launch the competition at the UK Passivhaus Conference & Expo 

Spring 2017

Passivhaus site visits to Leicester Centre for Medicine & Agar Grove

June 2017

Judging of short-listed projects by competition judges

June 2017

Winners announced

Oct 2017

Awards ceremony at the 2017 UK Passivhaus Conference. ­


Further Information #PHTstudent

2016 Passivhaus Student Competition flyer

2015 Passivhaus Student Competition



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External Tutors

Site Visits


Parsons + Whittley

Eco Design Consultants

Paul Testa Architecture

Cowan Eco Design

Greenbox Associates

University of Leicester Estates

Associated Architects

Willmott Dixon

Camden Council

Hill Partnership