Passivhaus

High Quality Low Energy Buildings for the future.


Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort, while using very little energy for heating and cooling. The ‘Fabric First’ approach will achieve a premium standard of construction, superb comfort and low running costs.

A Passivhaus will be built with meticulous attention to detail; rigorous design and high quality construction. These principles have been developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany and can be certified through an exacting quality assurance process.

Passivhaus is a ‘Performance Standard’ is not necessarily a design style, and therefore can work with any design the client may desire, including traditional or contemporary designs.


Advantages of Passivhaus:

  • High levels of thermal comfort – the temperature is consistent in all corners of all rooms throughout the year.
  • Low energy costs – particularly the heating.
  • Environmentally friendly – low energy use and long lifespan of the building.
  • Healthy environment – particularly the air quality.
  • No drafts – drafts are uncomfortable and can make the interior of a building feel 2 degrees colder.
  • Low levels of noise – almost no external sound transfer.
  • Energy security – generally it is accepted that energy costs will rise in the future.
  • Enhanced lifespan of the building – due to the quality of the construction.
  • Enhanced value – potentially enhanced value of the building

We offer our services to suited clients, to utilise our skills and passion to design and realise a high quality, low energy project; either residential or commercial. Our experience enables us to provide our clients with designs that fulfil their requirements whilst achieving high quality architectural solutions.

If you have a project that would benefit from our service, then we would be pleased to discuss your requirements with you.

Below are some images of UK Passivhaus projects that we like and a diagram showing the basic principles of Passivhaus.

  • Carrowbreck Meadow Norwich
  • Oak frame Lakehouse Gloucestershire
  • Diagram showing the basic principles of PH
  • Hadlow College Kent
  • Social houses Wimbish, Essex

Links:

Passivhaus Trust (UK) – http://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/

Passivhaus Institute (International)http://passivehouse.com/

BRE (Building Research Establishment) – http://www.passivhaus.org.uk/

Passivhaus Housing, Sudbury, Suffolk, Essex

Passivhaus Housing, Sudbury, Suffolk, Essex