Date posted: November 12, 2021
With world leaders currently looking for political solutions to the climate crisis at COP 26 (we’re keeping everything crossed!), closer to home we have been talking to clients and fellow consultants for many years about the importance of low energy design and the integration of sustainability at the core of the building design process. This was given greater impetus in 2017 when we hosted a Green Sky Thinking event promoting the use of Passivhaus on large buildings which we termed MassivPassiv, which was followed up in 2019 and 2020 with our Climate Strike Events.
We are currently seeing more and more clients taking low energy design seriously by developing to Passivhaus as a route to Zero Carbon. Housing associations and local authorities housing teams are taking the lead, but we are also seeing interest from non-residential clients and private developers.
As Architects and Certified Passivhaus Designers, we embrace this approach and see taking on a dual role as an empowering process which embeds low energy design from the earliest design concepts, leading to gains in energy efficiency and therefore cost advantages for the client. Importantly though, there are also significant advantages for residents and occupants, from excellent air quality and control of overheating, to reduced heating bills.
We are excited to be working on a growing list of Passivhaus projects including:
Southbrook Cottages for Winchester City Council
Bay House for Silva Homes
Barn Close for Silva Homes
Beddington Lane for London Borough of Sutton
Woodcote Road for London Borough of Sutton
Fen Road for Hill and Cambridge City Council
Eastney Car Park for Portsmouth City Council
Client Design Advisor on Mulberry School for London Borough for Tower Hamlets
We very much look forward to providing further updates on these projects as they progress through planning and on to site.