Max Fordham House in North London
has become the first residential
building in the UK to be verified as net zero
carbon. Located in the London Borough
of Camden, this certified passive house
was designed for, and lived in by, the late
legendary engineer Max Fordham.
A major new social housing retrofit programme
by Renfrewshire Council will
see up to 3,500 local authority dwellings
renovated to either Enerphit or the AECB
St Sidwell’s Point Leisure Centre in Exeter,
the first passive-certified leisure centre in the UK, is set to open to the public on 29 April
Green groups criticise lack of focus on embodied carbon.
The European Commission is proposing sweeping changes to the way in which energy ratings for buildings are allocated, in a bid to stimulate the retrofit of the worst performing buildings across Europe.
Leading sustainable building association the
AECB has secured funding to create an
international resource to share detailed information
on low energy buildings in the UK, Ireland
and, ultimately, internationally, via a rebuild of
the Low Energy Buildings Database (LEBD).
Review finds that SAP is not fit for purpose, by Kate de Selincourt.
Passive House Plus editor and publisher Jeff Colley’s TEDx talk on the passive house standard is now available to view online.
The Welsh government has issued a new standard for social housing that requires an embodied carbon assessment, favours timber-based offsite construction, and bans fossil fuel boilers.
At COP26, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) recognised the UK’s Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF), along with South West College in Northern Ireland and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, as international centres of excellence for high performance buildings.
Coventry University research has found that 40 per cent of primary school classrooms examined in a study did not have an adequate ventilation rate to combat the spread of Covid-19.
A new demonstration house currently
being erected in Glasgow in advance of
this year’s COP26 climate conference will
showcase build systems and methods for
achieving zero carbon housing to the world.
The UK and Ireland’s oil heating industry says it has taken a “major step forward” in the use of biofuels in domestic oil boilers, with early tests concluding that hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) works in virtually all existing oil boilers.
Ahead of the Built Environment Summit (28-29 October) and COP26 (1-12 November), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Declare have published a report demonstrating the critical role the sector must play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Passive House Institute celebrated the low energy standard’s 30th birthday at the 25th International Passive House Conference in September. Around seven hundred participants registered for the conference, which mostly took place online due to Covid.
A comparison between two pairs of households in Switzerland suggests that people
do not reliably compensate for lack of mechanical ventilation with more window
A new analysis of the exposure of London households to indoor pollutants highlights “systematic inequalities” in exposure, overwhelmingly driven by factors beyond the control of those people worst affected.
The winners of the international Passive House Award will be announced on Friday 10 September as part of the 25th International Passive House Conference, which is fully available online. Tickets to the conference are still available.
While the Irish government is delivering CO2 monitors to schools to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, and some European regions have mandated the use of such monitors in all buildings open to the public, the UK has yet to introduce such measures and has removed the requirement for mask-wearing in schools.
The redevelopment of Agar Grove by Camden Council in London was the winner of the large project award at this year’s UK Passivhaus Awards, which were held on 30 June.
Passive House Plus editor Jeff
Colley will be speaking at the
TEDx Tralee event on 15 October.
South West College’s new Erne Campus building in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, is the world’s largest, and the first educational building, to be certified to the passive house premium standard, the Passive House Institute has confirmed.
A detailed analysis of the embodied carbon of six common build types has indicated that dwellings built with business-as-usual build specs of cavity wall construction and strip foundations may be able to meet the revised embodied carbon targets for dwellings in RIBA’s 2030 Climate Challenge.
The passive house standard is celebrating
its 30th birthday this year. The world’s first
passive houses were built in Darmstadt, Germany
On June 8, 2021 Passive House Plus, in association with Farrat, chaired a hugely informative roundtable on thermal breaks. If you missed it, the video can now be viewed online.