(from Hattie Hartmann’s blog at the Architects Journal

Architype reports from Monday’s PassivHaus conference

Posted on October 14th, 2010 by sustainability


10:10:10 was the date chosen for the first UK Passivhaus Student Research Conference. Thanks to course directors and tutors like Sofie Pelsmaker, together with a new wave of students aware of a global emergency and passionate to be a part of the solution, architectural education is moving into a new era integrating design and building physics. At last students have access to a scientific method of designing energy efficient buildings, with instant feed-back loops. The empowerment that results is stimulating a rapidly growing interest in research at schools of architecture across the UK.


Our very own Rachel Witherick was the only girl enrolled on the latest course directed by Rob McLeod (pictured above) at the Building Research Establishment in October 2010. This is a technically challenging course and thoroughly recommended – you’ll never look at a cold bridge in the same way again. Some leading lights of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Committee also found time to do the course, whilst simultaneously directing their architectural practices.


An article on the first UK certified passivhaus windows developed for the Lime House, featured in Building Design.


A new mini-community of zero and near zero carbon homes on the site of the old steel works at Ebbw Vale look set to not only stimulate the development a low carbon built environment in Wales but also to kick-start a ‘green’ economy in the country.


Capital Costs, Cost Savings in Use, Carbon Emissions, Payback,

How to Earn £1300 a Year from a Zero Carbon Passivhaus


Monday 11 October 2010

Islington Town Hall Assembly Rooms
Upper Street, London N1 2UD


At the same time as driving for energy efficiency, the UK must de-carbonise the electricity supply without creating toxic nuclear waste hazards for the planet and for future generations. Wind energy offers the solution for the UK:

The Offshore Valuation is the first full economic valuation of Britain’s offshore renewable resource.

The report finds that using just one third of the UK’s wind, wave and tidal resource could:


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.


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