Passivhaus

Step by step we’ve worked to make our buildings better and better. We can now build exciting plus-energy buildings that can produce twice as much energy as the occupants need and that perform and feel comfortable on little or no grid energy – even in the depth of a cold winter. We are pioneering the concept of ‘house as power-station.’ We are experts in some of Europe’s most advanced modular, ecological construction techniques as well as traditional construction in lightweight and heavyweight materials.

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Our current practical research work is focused on two areas:

(1) How houses and other buildings (particularly Passive House Plus designs) can be designed to produce more energy than they need in a year, and whether they can sensibly and reliably store spare energy to act as mini power-stations storing their excess energy in clean saltwater batteries until the National Grid calls for the stored energy to help address peak demand. A key question is whether this is cheaper per unit of power, and more sustainable, than building new power stations.

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.

These two final Building Performance Evaluation studies, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, have now been uploaded to the Research page of our website:

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.

Camden Passivhaus, London's first Passive House, bere:architects

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.

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