Events archive


Justin Bere will be giving a talk on Passive House design as part of  the Highgate Societies panel on sustainability and modern homes. 

The evening is open to the public and will include talks from the following guests:

Chair - Cara Jenkinson founder member of Highgate Society Sustainable Home Group and oragniser of various 21st Century homes exhibitions and conferences

Justin Bere –bere:architects – Architects of Eidolon House, Swains Lane on  Passive House design

A video documentary by House Planning Help on the importance of airtightness in our housing featuring Paul Jennings from Aldas, who did the airtightness testing at Mildmay Centre - a retrofit to the Passivhaus standard. We'd love for you to come along to the launch of this exciting project and be one of the first to view the finished video.

Justin Bere delivers a lecture on Environmental Design to students of Interior Design at inchbald.


13:00 - 14:45



7 Eaton Gate




Justin Bere speaks on behalf of the Passivhaus Trust to local residents about the principles and benefits Passive House design and retrofitting.
Venue: Muswell Hill Methodist Church, Pages Lane, London N10 1PP
Muswell Hill Sustainability Group are active in promoting energy-efficient housing and would like to hear more about the Passive House standard and some case studies.
Justin Bere will be delivering this seminar 14:00 - 16:30
Venue: SmartLIFE Low Carbon Centre, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2QT
Topics will include:
Air leakage
Ventilation and heat recovery
Construction details
Specifying materials
How principles can be used in non Passive House schemes

Justin Bere delivers a talk about Passive House Design to Architects in Northamptonshire.

19:00-19:30 followed by Q and A session



To celebrate the launch of Sunand's book, 'RetroFit for Purpose'

Time tbc, location tbc - probably Sunand's offices


14:00 - 15:00

45-50 mins with 10-15 mins Q&A


Chair and speaking with Andrew Farr on ventilation, Paul Jennings on Air Leakage, Mark Siddall on construction quality

14:15 - 15:45


RIBA session about Justin Bere's new book, 'an introduction to Passive House' 13:30 - 14:00


Whole Life Carbon Emissions - session with Sturgis Carbon Profiling, 10:30am - midday 


Talk at the Mildmay Centre, N16 8NA, 10:30 - 11:30


The 2013 Good Homes Debate, at Feilden Clegg Bradley's London offices

4pm - 4.15pm Justin Bere - is Passivhaus the way forward for good homes ? With specific examples of one or two good homes projects 

Hosted by the Good Homes Alliance, the event will focus on presentations from a number of architects - and where possible their clients as well - on what they consider to be their own 'good homes' projects.  A key issue is whether architects and their developer clients can deliver on both good design and sustainability. 


Event at The Foundry organised by Robin Nicholson on the evening of November 28th (5.30 for 5.45 start) on the topic of common questions/misconceptions about passivhaus (with wine and nibbles). Jon Bootland of the passivhaus trust will chair the debate.  Small event aimed at professionals, academics, clients, developers and journalists; 30-40 people.

Jon will begin the talk by posing the following questions to the audience and speakers.


Presentations, (including by Justin Bere) and discussion at the Business Design Centre Islington, 16:15 - 17:45


Presentation to the School of Architecture


RIBA - serious 90 minute presentation by Justin Bere at the RIBA Guerilla Tactics Conference 2013


User Friendly Buildings presented by Justin Bere


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the following event has been cancelled. No other events are affected. For details of when The Grove Road Open Day will be rescheduled, please keep an eye on our events page or follow



bere:architects and the Passivhaus Trust will be hosting an evening event as part of Green Sky Thinking week that explores Passive House in practice through case studies and proven performance results. The event will be hosted at the award winning Mayville Community Centre and will include talks by bere:architects, The Passivhaus Trust as well as additional presentations from leading Passive House professionals. This event will be linked to the Grove Road Open House event the following day.



Year 3 and 4 students from Clerkenwell Parochial Primary School will be visiting the Mildmay Centre to learn about sustainability in action and Passivhaus buildings.


In an event organized by Camden Council and Edwards Harrison Jones, Justin Bere will speak about the application of a Passivhaus approach to retrofit, giving people an insight into how they can improve the comfort level and minimize the energy costs of their home.


In an event jointly organised by Transition Towns in Tufnell Park, Kentish Town and Dartmouth Park, Justin Bere will be speaking about the Passivhaus concept and practice, and how it can improve our homes and contribute to the health of the planet.


bere:architects' Retrofit for the Future film will be screened on Thursday 7th March as part of Ecobuild's first Regeneration Film Festival, which will be opened by Jonathan Porritt.


Nick Newman, associate director, bere:architects will present a talk as part of the ‘Buildings In Use’ seminar stream which has sessions running on all three days of Ecobuild. Nick is speaking on Thursday 7th March in the ‘Soft Landings’ session which runs from 12:30-14:00, on ‘Using Submetering to Close the In-Use Performance Gap’.


At midday, Justin Bere will give a short presentation on Passive House on the RIBA’s stand at Ecobuild.


As part of their Low Energy Housing Retrofit module led by Dr Ben Croxford, The University College London’s MSc Environmental Design and Engineering masters students will visit the Mayville Community Centre for a talk by Justin Bere giving an overview of Passive House projects by bere:architects, as well as enjoying a guided tour of the centre to see first hand how Passive House techniques are used.


Justin Bere will be presenting in a one hour session hosted by Professor Herbert Girardet, author and co-Founder of the World Future Council. The session is titled 'Lessons From the Past' and includes talks from Gerard Evenden of Foster & Partners and Bill Dunster of ZEDFactory and will include a 35 minute discussion with audience participation.


Justin Bere will be speaking in a conference session dedicated to energy management & efficiency; chaired by the Energy Saving Trust, introducing passive house and how it can be integrated into the agricultural and rural sectors, at the Energy Now Expo 2013.


Justin has been invited by CIBSE Southern Region to present in Brighton on Passive House, an introduction to performance and costs in newbuild and retrofit.


If you are interested in encouraging and maintaining wildlife in our urban environment and helping to extend our local green corridors, this conference offers you a chance to find out how to do this.

There will be a particular focus on green roofs and green walls at the conference to be held at the multi award winning, passivhaus certified Mayville Community Centre. Justin will be offering an update on the community centre's roof and that of his own house, The Muse as well as giving the architects and the clients view on designing buildings for maximum biodiversity.


Justin Bere will present a talk and discussion for students at Nottingham University's Department of Architecture and Built Environment.

The seminar will be followed by a review of the students work.


Transition Dartmouth Park formed in September 2011 as a neighbourhood initiative, setting up projects which serve to strengthen the Dartmouth Park community while improving the environment and reducing the use of fossil fuels, raising awareness of low carbon and low energy living.

Justin Bere will be presenting a talk on Passivhaus architecture, hosted by Transition. In particular Justin will focus on retrofitting towards the Passivhaus standard and how it is possible to honour both architectural legacy and sustainable needs.


Justin Bere will present a talk and discussion as part the Plymouth Architecture and Design Society's lecture series 2012-13, at Plymouth University.

The talk will take place at the Roland Levinsky Building,
Lecture Theatre 2.

6 - 7pm.



Wednesday 10am - Is it possible to retrofit and build to Passivhaus standards affordably?

Thursday 10am - Case study session looking at specific bere:architects' Passivhaus projects.

Details to be confirmed


Justin Bere, Director, bere:architects - presentation

Nick Newman, Associate Director, bere:arctitects - presentation

Sarah Lewis, Director, bere:architects - poster


Ellis Woodman, Editor of BD and architectural critic for The Telegraph, will host a conversation with with four emerging practitioners on how they see the future challenges of architecture and the environment. Each will make a short presentation of their work followed by discussion and Q and A.

Tom Coward, AOC 
Justin Bere, bere:architects 
Dan Jones, Civic 
Adam Khan, Adam Khan Architects 

Free to attend. Booking essential. Places are limited.

Please arrive 20 minutes earlier for registrations

3.00pm -  4.30pm.



Low carbon homes for real: compliance and proof of performance

13.30 Registration - Tea and coffee available

14.00 Chair’s welcome & introduction – Pete Halsall, Good Homes Alliance chair

14.10 Introduction – the UK’s path towards low carbon homes Paul DeCort,  DCLG (tbc) What are the UK targets and policy drivers?

14.40 Building Performance Evaluation - The latest evidence base Professor Bob Lowe - The current state of play in the UK and evidence for the performance gap.


Justin Bere will be speaking at the launch of the Technology Strategy Board's latest competition, in collaboration with the government's Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The government have committed £10 million to fund the competition.

The venue is the Building Research Establishment, Watford. The event is sold out.

See programme below.

For further information about the competition:


Designing for maximum solar gain and optimal thermal efficiency and air tightness will mean that your property requires very little heating and is therefore low-cost and environmentally friendly. This is good design at its best. This session gives examples of how self-builders are designing to Passiv Haus standards and maximising the benefits of careful design, producing low-cost comfortable eco-homes which require minimal space heating.

14.40 – 15.00 How to achieve an assisted-self-build Passivhaus for under £100,000 - Justin Bere, Self-builder and Architect, Bere Architects


This session pitches excellent design with outstanding sustainability credentials. What is the relationship between the two? How can self builders achieve both?

12.55 – 13.15 The Muse: Bere family home - Justin Bere, Self-builder and Architect, Bere Architects


Passivhaus consists of a set of principles which can be applied to all buildings, not just to those of a domestic nature. Using case studies, this session will explore the non domestic application of Passivhaus principles.

16.45 – 17.10 Case study - Mayville Community Centre: the UK’s first Passivhaus Certified non domestic refurbishment Justin Bere, Self builder and Architect, bere:architects


The Designing and building with Passivhaus principles stream - this series of seminars combines an introduction to Passivhaus with more detailed sessions, using case studies of a range of building types. They will address a variety of aspects of Passivhaus, including: design, alignment with regulations, cost, applicability for refurbishment, implications for the supply chain, and how a wider market can be created for the standard.

14.55 - 15.15 How to create a comfortable, highly insulated, draught-free Passivhaus building starting with the building envelope Sarah Lewis, Associate Director, Bere Architects


This seminar will give an overview of the Passivhaus standard and the importance of careful planning at the early stages of Passivhaus design. It will cover issues such as building orientation and fabric, air tightness strategy, thermal bridging and the importance of triple glazing in the UK. The session will explain how Passivhaus fits in with existing UK standards. It will include contributions from experienced practitioners showcasing leading Passivhaus projects and provide examples of cost data when compared to UK building regulations and other standards.

11.35 – 12.00 Practical research and development: Design, Detail, Costs, Performance, Health & Air Quality monitoring Justin Bere, bere:architects


This session will introduce the principles which lie behind Passivhaus, examine the varying techniques and materials for Passivhaus construction, including timber frame and masonry approaches, and the Passivhaus Multi-Comfort concept.

16.00 – 16.20 The Larch House: adapting advanced timber framing techniques from Europe for the UK market
Justin Bere, Self builder and Architect, Bere Architects


11.05-11.30 The Science and Art of Passivhaus - what are the design principles and what does this mean; what can be achieved in terms of low energy building, whilst providing high standards of comfort and building health? Justin Bere, bere:architects

11.30-11.50 Passivhaus - destroying the cost barriers Richard Whidborne, DIrector, E-Griffin Consulting and Nick Newman, Associate Director & Certified Eurpean Passivhaus Designer, bere:architects


Lecture at Bartlett School of Architecture on Passivhaus Retrofit as part of architecture student's Low Energy Retrofit module.


BRE and bere:architects have come together to bring you an Airtightness Master Class.

The BRE has been involved in airtightness testing, research and consultancy for nearly 30 years and Mike Jaggs is their leading expert. Bere:architects were amongst the first to use advanced air tightness techniques developed in Europe, and where appropriate, have developed some of these techniques for UK conditions.


Lecture at Sheffield School of Architecture


Sustainable Homes and bere:architects are running an in-depth and interactive one-day workshop on building to Passivhaus standards. An opportunity to discuss with experts on how the standard works, see case studies of homes built to Passivhaus standards and disucss the learning from these projects. Nick Newman, Associate Director with our practice will be giving presentations on Passivhaus.




What’s a ‘Soft Landing’ got to do with construction?
.... its the key to improving the performance of buildings.

Workshop Programme includes: What exactly is Soft Landings, and why do we need it? Soft Landings – tried & tested: case study examples to help you to understand the process. Integrating Soft Landings into your business. Workshop & discussion.


AECB (London) will be visiting the Mayville Community Centre and Justin will be leading a presentation and tour of the refurbished and redesigned Passivhaus community centre.


Rushlight's Built Environment Briefings are quarterly evening events, to inform and educate built environment professionals about the clean technology solutions, innovations and developments that are available on the road to zero carbon buildings by 2016/ 2019 and sustainable property going forward.

Justin will open the evening with a talk on The Passivhaus Concept. Other speakers include James Hulme, Director of Policy and Research at the Prince's Foundation who will be giving a presentation on the Prince's Foundation House at BRE Innovation Park.


The Wildlife Gardening Forum Conference is being held at the Mayville Community Centre in Islington and Justin will be leading a tour around the Mayville and talking about Design for Sustainability in the afternoon.


Justin will be talking at a conference organised by Spanish architect Elisa Valero Ramos in Granada. The conference is about the Future of the City, transformation of the existing architecture to achieve sustainability goals. Justin's talk will examine the potential role of Passivhaus in the regeneration of our cities.


The Mayville Community Centre will be open on Friday 11th November for visitors 10-11am and 2-4pm.

Booking is essential: please email Lucy Procter or call 020 7424 5567.


The growth in retrofit and refurbishment within the construction sector is set to continue for some time.  The need for efficiency, carbon reduction, and limited capital availability are all driving growth in the area.  In this Constructing Excellence Seminar to be held in Reading we look at how some organisations are dealing with these challenges:


Facilitated by Robert Prewett, prewett bizley architects and Fran Bradshaw, Anne Thorne Architects, this workshop focuses on the key principles of delivering a successful retrofit project:

- Carbon awareness and understanding the carbon profile of a house

- The fabric first approach

- Thermal comfort, approach to thermal bridges and airtightness

- Costs: Identifying optimum initiatives depending on budget

- Air tightness, ventilation and moisture

- Avoiding pitfalls: building defects, mould, underperformance and poor internal comfort.


This debate goes to the heart of the matter when it comes to design, construction and sustainability when it asks, ‘Who are buildings really designed for?’ Speakers from across the industry will respond to this question and to whether buildings are being designed to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and beyond. The challenges that architects and construction industry professionals face in delivering sustainable buildings and places will also be addressed.

Chair: Angela Brady, RIBA President


The UK Passivhaus Conference 2011 is being organised by the Passivhaus Trust and the BRE, with a steering group that includes architects and academics.



Justin will be speaking on Passivhaus. Details to be confirmed.


Grand Designs Live at the NEC Birmingham - 2:15-3.30pm

Oliver Heath will discuss with a panel how eco-homes can be beautiful and sustainable. He will be discussing how VELUX have developed their Carbon Light home in Kettering and the thinking behind the project.

Richard Williams, VELUX
Ben Derbyshire, Principal, HTA Architects
Oliver Heath, eco designer and Superhome owner
Dan Gibbons, Director, Bere Architects

Aidan Walker, Grand Designs Live Grand Theatre Programme Producer


This two day event combines an exhibition of over fifty refurbishment innovations that aim to transform the retrofit arena with a lively conference programme that looks at how we revitalise our buildings and communities, create spaces that are great to live in and conducive to long term occupant wellbeing.

As part of the Fringe Events on Day 1, 4th October 'Sustainable retrofit of buildings', Justin is giving a short presentation on 'Achieving High Standards of Air Tightness' within the Retrofit for the Future session which starts at 10am.


Retrofit - The Next Steps - Passivhaus at Scale - 9am - 1pm

Introduction to Retrofit Guides - Paul Ruyssevelt, Technology Strategy Board
Passivhaus approach to "Retrofit for the Future" - Justin Bere, Bere Architects
German Passivhaus examples and scaling up –  speakers tbc
Scaling up - next steps:  Keith Howard, Southern Housing Group
Scaling up - Birmingham Energy Savers - Steve Owen, Ursus Consulting
Open debate/ question time - Retrofit at Scale


5-8 Hardwick Street EC1R 4RG - 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Aedas R&D is holding a ‘pecha kucha’ and drinks reception at their offices in Clerkenwell. Participants in the Technology Strategy Board Building Performance Evaluation programme will be sharing their early findings and debating implication for policy and practice. Justin Bere will be taking part in the 'presentations'.




Woodville Road N16 8NA - Sat/Sun 10.00am-5.00pm.

First come basis, queuing outside if necessary. First tour 11.00am, last tour 3.00pm. Last entry 4.00pm. Max 15 per tour.

One of the first Passivhaus retro-fit projects in the UK and the first non-domestic to be fully certified. A revitalised and super-energy-efficient building which provides a much-improved hub for the community in which it sits. Building has achieved a 94% energy saving. Entry: all areas including roof gardens.


Passivhaus site visit: bere:architects. (Sponsored by the Technology Strategy Board)

Camden, London


The Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB) is collaborating with ENVIRON to host a workshop for the Institute for Sustainability aimed at sharing ENVIRON’s experiences from the Low Carbon Buildings Accelerator (LCBA) and Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP).



What are the key learning points from the Retrofit for the Future competition? What challenges did projects face? What were the solutions?

This special event organized by FLASH and held at the RIBA, provided a forum for Retrofit for the Future projects to share knowledge, approaches and solutions and was chaired by Terry McGivern, Institute for Sustainability and Dr Paul Ruyssevelt, Technology Strategy Board.


Friday 27th May - Justin will speak on “Cost effective solutions to social housing: comparing the difference between certification by annual heat demand and by peak load”.

Saturday 28th May - Sarah Lewis Associate Director of bere:architects will speak on “Camden Passivhaus – London’s first Passivhaus”.

Also on Saturday, Henrietta Lynch, PhD student at UEL, will present her documentary film on our Larch and Lime House project “Building ‘The Works’ Passivhaus at Ebbw Vale”



Supported by Gareth Davies of the United Welsh Housing Association, Justin is speaking on Day 2 “Case study – Passivhaus Developments: assessing the passivhaus standard and its relevance to UK housing”


Justin will be talking on Day 2 - New Buildings, New Materials, New Technologies on ‘The Passivhaus Standard and its Relevance to UK Housing’ drawing on bere:architects’ experience of designing the two Passivhaus Social Houses at Ebbw Vale, south Wales.


bere:architects are shortlisted for the “Cut the Carbon” Award.




This year’s theme is “Visions for a Sustainable Future” and Justin is talking on “Passivhaus Case Studies in the UK, Saving Energy and Improving Comfort”

Further information from

The day is run in partnerships with the Low Carbon Trust in association with RESET.



Justin Bere of bere:architects is offering an opportunity to learn about German techniques for fitting triple glazed passivhaus windows including positioning the windows to avoid cold bridging in an externally insulated building; fitting air tightness tapes with ‘rabbit ears’ to achieve necessary passivhaus 0.6ach @ 50Pa.; positioning windows with inflatable air bags; and fixing windows without plugs and with headless screws in order to ensure the windows are not distorted during fixing.


Ecobuild, ExCel, London ‘Passivhaus Principles in Refurbishment – Refurbishment of Mayville Community Centre’
Presentation Time: 13.40 – 14.00 - Room: North Gallery 4


Thinking ahead – Impact of Part L on early stage Architectural design
Venue: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD
Justin talking on ‘Passivhaus – an alternative approach’.



Dan Gibbons will be speaking at the Passivhaus: Principles and Examples seminar.
Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, Queen Square, Bath
1pm registration, 1.30 - 4.30pm

A talk and discussion given by Justin to the MSc students on the Environmental Design and Engineering course at Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London.


Woodknowledge Wales Seminar and Workshop ‘Designing with Timber’. Welsh School of Architecture, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3NB


One day workshop for the Timber Frame Sector chaired by Justin Bere and Nick Tune.
BRE Wales, ECM2, Heol Cefn Gwrgan, Margam, Neath Port Talbot SA13 2EZ


The UK’s pioneering practictioners in Passivhaus design, came together for a unique masterclass event on the standards and principles behind Passivhaus through their innovative project work. Justin was talking alongside John Wililamson of JPW Construction, Mark Siddell of Devereux Architects, Robert Prewitt of Prewitt Bizley Architects, Andy Simmonds of Simmonds Mills and Henrietta Lynch of UCL. The masterclass, held at Eversheds HQ, was run by RESET in association with the Passivhaus Trust.



Justin lectured alongside Andy Sutton of BRE South West at this Bristol University talk organised by RIBA South West.



Justin Bere attended the University of the West of England in Bristol with assistant Nick Newman to give a talk about the Zero Carbon Welsh PassivHaus at Ebbw Vale (15 Oct 2010). The lecture formed part of the Ibstock Archaos series and was open to students, industry professionals and the general public.



Following the huge success of the North London conference in February, which was fully booked in a week with a waiting list of more than 100 people, a much bigger, national conference will take place this Autumn (again in London) with a much wider outreach. The steering group is putting together an exciting programme which includes a low-cost exhibition of carefully selected, high quality suppliers.

Watch this space for more information coming soon.


Justin was speaking on ‘Passivhaus Design in Practice’ at the conference ‘How to Achieve Low Carbon Housing’ at the H G Wells Conference & Events Centre Woking organised by RIBA South/South East. 


Introduction to UK Passivhaus Design
Hackney City Farm Eco Classroom