The UK Passivhaus Awards, now in its second year, celebrates the design and performance of Passivhaus in the UK. Organised by the Passivhaus Trust (PHT), it aims to highlight the achievements of the Passivhaus pioneers and show that Passivhaus can be applied to any building type and context to create beautiful buildings.
This year’s Awards have seen a variety of projects from different and challenging contexts successfully achieving the Passivhaus standard and enhancing the internal environments of the occupiers. Projects from this year’s shortlist have broken the Passivhaus stereotype and include schemes designed in Conservation areas, using innovative construction techniques such as Brettstapel Construction, and a social Cohousing project, one of the very few in the UK.
The shortlisted projects for this year’s awards are:
Private Housing (sponsored by Ecology Building Society)
• Crossway, Richard Hawkes Architecture
• Plummerswood, Gaia Architects
• Totnes Passivhaus, Passivhaus Homes Ltd.
Social Housing (sponsored by Kingspan)
• Ditchingham Passivhaus, Parsons & Whittley
• Lancaster Cohousing Project, Eco Arc Architects
• Racecourse Passivhaus Bungalows, Gentoo
Non-domestic (sponsored by Munster Joinery)
• Green Base, Simmonds Mills Architects
• Canolfan Hyddgen, JPW Construction
Phase I of the Awards was judged by Hattie Hartman (Sustainability Editor, The Architects’ Journal); Jon Bootland (Chief Executive, Passivhaus Trust); Lynne Sullivan, OBE (Co-founding Partner, Sustainable by Design) and Nick Grant (Technical Director, Passivhaus Trust).
Overall the judges were very impressed by the high quality of all the entries and were pleased to see so much useful data both for energy consumption and occupant satisfaction. The winning projects will be decided on the basis of a vote by PHT members and members of the audience at the Awards ceremony.
The winners will be announced on 4th July at the Awards ceremony to be held at the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador in London.
For further information visit: UK Passivhaus Awards 2013