This sketch image illustrates the concept for Thinking Buildings latest design proposal and bid to build a new super low energy Passivhaus primary school in Oxfordshire. Passivhaus is a highly effective and exemplary way of reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK, as well as providing high standards of comfort and building health. To achieve this standard consideration needs to be given at the outset to the optimised site and building orientation, glazing to wall ratios, using simple building form, detailing, shape and fabric first design.
To achieve the Passivhaus Standard in the UK typically involves:
- Very high levels of insulation
- Extremely high-performance windows with insulated frames
- Super airtight building fabric
- ‘Thermal bridge free’ construction
- Mechanical ventilation systems with highly efficient heat recovery
- Accurate design using the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)
More information about Passivhaus can be found at www.passivhaustrust.org.uk
Thinking Buildings have both knowledge and experience of delivering buildings to Passivhaus standard, and we work in collaboration with probably the UK’s leading Passivhaus consultant within the Thinking Buildings project team.
Please do get in touch if you wish to find out more about Passivhaus and how this standard could be applied to your project.