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2023 UK Passivhaus Awards Shortlist Revealed

2023 UK Passivhaus Awards Shortlist Revealed
13 June 2023

The 2023 UK Passivhaus Awards shortlist has been announced, celebrating the best in Passivhaus design and construction.

The awards recognise buildings that meet the highest standards of energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability.

A Passivhaus project is based on a "fabric first" approach, optimising the fabric of the building itself so that energy efficiency is achieved passively. This year, the 2023 UK Passivhaus Awards is focusing on Passivhaus projects with monitoring data to prove how they are combating the cost-of-living crisis for occupants, striving towards zero carbon climate targets, and demonstrating solutions across several building typologies.


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Erne Campus


Erne Campus is a 8,200m2 university campus in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, and one of the shortlisted buildings in the non-domestic category of the UK Passivhaus Awards.

The campus is the first UK building to achieve both Passivhaus Premium (PHP) status and BREEAM outstanding accreditations. It has also won a roster of awards including: The Public Sector Project Design Stage Award at the BREEAM Awards 2021and Public Sector Project & Project of the Year at the RICS Awards 2022. It is also one of 26 UN Centres of Excellence for High Performance Buildings around the globe.

Erne Campus generates four times more energy on-site than it uses, with 3400 m2 of solar photovoltaic panels providing a renewable energy generation figure of 120 kWh/m2/a. The solar PV panels cover an area the equivalent of nearly 14 tennis courts.

Barry McCarron of South West College told the Passivhaus Trust that he hopes the building will inspire others to consider the Passivhaus approach: “This development has really provided a culture change to the organisation against the backdrop of a climate emergency. The project sets a new standard for educational and public buildings both locally and across the globe in terms of energy efficiency, year-round comfort, and indoor air quality. Our hope is that Erne Campus will act as a beacon and source of inspiration for building designers everywhere in delivering on much-needed dramatic reductions in carbon emissions from the built environment.”


Foleshill Health Centre


Also in the non-domestic category of the UK Passivhaus Awards is Foleshill Health Centre in Coventry – the first NHS building to achieve Passivhaus certification.

Designed by Tooley Foster, the building has been described as “the UK’s greenest GP surgery”, for its modular design, Passivhaus ventilation strategy and waste-saving activities during construction (97.5 per cent of waste from the site was recycled).

The building was constructed in just 25 weeks using an off-site approach, where pre-fabricated modules were constructed to achieve high airtightness levels, eliminating draughts and associated heat losses within the overall structure.

The design is predicted to save the NHS approximately £450,000 in operating costs over 25 years following construction.



Picture: a render showing the exterior of the surgery, showing a bicycle storage rack and entrace area. Image Credit: Passivhaus Trust


Hackbridge Primary School 


Hackbridge Primary School in Sutton is the UK’s first-ever Passivhaus Plus school. Built using a timber frame, recycled concrete and glass scree, the school also uses ground source heat pumps and PV solar panels to generate energy. As a result, the school is carbon positive and uses only 75 per cent of energy generated.

Contractor Willmott Dixon has also implemented an “Energy Synergy” process to measure energy use at the school. This involves regular, detailed measurement of energy performance to compare with modelled energy performance target data.

You can read more about the full shortlist and the awards here.

Picture: a photograph showing Erne Campus from above. Image Credit: Semple McKillop

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 13 June 2023


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