Passivhaus conference in Nottingham

Cohousing Woodside Chair Ruth Schamroth attended the 2102 UK Passivhaus Conference in Nottingham last week organised by the Passivhaus Trust.

Client Endorsement: Geoff & Kate Turnstall, who live in Denby Dale, one of the first Passivhaus houses in England, told the conference that they would not now ever want to live in a non-Passivhaus. They hardly pay any heating bills and their home is a constant temperature all year round. The project was managed by The Green Building Store‘s construction division. Mike Shufflebotham (who gave the talk to us on 21st October) sends his regards to our group.

Alleviating Fuel Poverty: All the Housing Associations investing in Passivhaus Standards are doing so to ensure that their tenants have very low heating bills into the future. The testing and data for each project are proving this again and again.

Comfort: Our visit to Hastoe Housing Association’s Wimbish housing scheme on 24th October showed us how comfortable it felt in a Passivhaus building. John Lefever, who took us round the scheme, was a speaker at the conference and also sends his regards to all those who came on the site visit two weeks ago.

Passivhaus is not rocket science. These are the four main elements to a Passivhaus;

  • A lot of insulation with no cold bridging at all junctions
  • Triple glazing to windows and doors
  • Airtightness all round
  • Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery to clean and preheat the air as it is circulated around the house, thereby preventing the building from being stuffy.

PTEa’s Patrick Devlin and Tom Dollard were at the conference, as was John Pratley of Sustainable By Design. So were Hoare Lea consultants and many really passionate architects, service engineers, builders, contractors and John Lee of Ecology Building Society.

On the last day there was a coach tour of a Passivhaus office built by and for Interserve, Leicester; Sampson Close, Coventry, a housing development for Orbit Housing Association; and Oakmeadow Primary School, Wolverhampton, a Passivhaus school.