Nearing completion - this carefully crafted Passivhaus in Buckinghamshire was recently described by a visitor as having a 'Donald Judd clarity of construction'. The building derives most of its external heat gains from a glazed wall facing North West over open countryside.
In 2014 the Edge invited Paul Morrell to chair a Commission of Inquiry into the future of professionalism in the built environment/construction industry. Tomorrow the Edge launches the resulting report, which explores the key issues facing professionals and their institutions at this ‘moment for change’.
These two final Building Performance Evaluation studies, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, have now been uploaded to the Research page of our website:
I remember the day the penny dropped. As a school kid in 1975 I arrived home from school for my summer holidays to see new houses being built on rich farmland across the fields from my bedroom window. I had learned at school how Britain hardly managed to feed itself during the u-boat blockade of the 2nd world war, and asked myself: how can we afford to cover over fields with new houses while meeting our need for food?
The Foundation for Energy Efficient Construction rewarded the passive house concept with the first Award for Sustainable Construction. The award was handed to the initiators of the standard, Prof.em. Bo Adamson and Dr Wolfgang Feist. This took place yesterday afternoon at the "Old Bishop's House" at Lund University in Sweden.
The Technology Strategy Board funded FINAL REPORT of the Camden Passivhaus has now been published. The report is the result of two years 'Phase 2' in-depth monitoring of the performance of the Camden Passivhaus.
At the 2014 Passive House Conference, Dr Diana Urge-Vorsatz, Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) www.3csep.ceu.hu , reported that the scientific outputs of the Passive House community are not ‘loud enough’. She told us that the PH community is not documenting enough of its research in the form of peer reviewed literature. The IPCC, for example can only refer to peer reviewed literature.
The renovation of historic and listed buildings can be very challenging especially when it comes to the sensitive conservation of the visual features of old facades. The challenge is even greater when there is the ambition to improve the comfort and energy-saving qualities of a building.
For those requiring new vertically sliding sash windows for old buildings, until now, only improved versions of traditional sash windows were available. However the air leakage from these, although substantially improved, is still far beyond that allowed in a Passive House.
The Side by Side in use Monitored Performance of two Passive and Low Carbon Welsh Houses
By Ian Ridley, Justin Bere, Alan Clarke, Yair Schwartz, Andrew Farr
An Introduction to Passive House is intended to be an easy-to-read introduction to why and how architects, policy makers and all those who procure works to new and existing buildings can collaborate in transforming the quality of our built environment, domestic and non-domestic, new-build and existing. The benefits of this transformation embrace occupants, users and the wider natural environment; now and for countless generations into the future.