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Passivhaus Student Competition 2018

Passivhaus Student Competition 2016

Key Objective

The key objective is to give architecture, engineering & planning students a creative vehicle to learn about Passivhaus and provide an opportunity to apply the Standard to their own designs.

The competition will form part of the students’ ongoing course work; Competitors are asked toidentify one UK retrofit or new build project and provide detailed design to turn this into a certifiablePassivhaus building.

The Competition

Students participating in the nationwide competition will receive Passivhaus training & access to Passivhaus design software, and will be given the opportunity to experience a Passivhaus at first-hand, with an organised site visit.

Below are the winners and highly commended schemes of the 2018 competition with the awards ceremony taking place at the2018 UK Passivhaus Conference.

2018 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners & Highly Commended


  • Winners will be invited to attend the 2018 UK Passivhaus Conference, where the awards ceremony will take place, offering a chance to network with those working in Passivhaus practice.
  • This is a great opportunity to get winning work in front of prospective employers; Winning projects will be exhibit at the UK Passivhaus Conference 2018.
  • All winners will be featured on the Passivhaus Trust website and newsletter, gaining further exposure.
  • At the awards ceremony winners will receive a certificate & up to £300 gift vouchers per project.

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    Participating Universities

    University of Bath

    University of Nottingham

    Oxford Brookes University
    Sheffield School of Architecture UWE


    • Jon Bootland, Passivhaus Trust

    • Fran Bradshaw, Anne Thorne Architects

      • Mark Gillott, University of Nottingham

      • Emma Hines, Tarmac

      • Martyn Kenny, Tarmac

      • Yogini Patel, Passivhaus Trust

      • 苏菲Pelsmaker,Aarhus School of Architecture

      Site Visits

      Bicester Eco Business Centre

      15 February 2018

      Erneley Close EnerPHit

      19 April 2018

      Picture House Court

      12 April 2018

      Bicester Eco Business Centre (BEBC) Erneley Close EnerPHit Picture House Court

      Thanks to supporters:



      Thanks to supporters:


      One Manchester

      Thanks to supporters:

      Piers Sadler Consulting

      Speller Metcalfe


      Oct 2017

      Launch the competition at theUK Passivhaus Conference

      Feb 2018

      Bicester Eco Business Centre:Site visit

      Apr 2018

      Erneley Close:Site visit

      Apr 2018

      Picture House Court: Site visit

      Jun 2018

      Judging of short-listed projects by competition jury

      July 2018

      Winners announced

      Oct 2018

      Launch of the 2018/2019 competition atUK Construction Week,Birmingham. Wednesday 10th October @ 4pm

      Nov 2018

      Awards ceremony at theUK Passivhaus Conference, Leeds. 13th November @ 5.30pm


      2016 Passivhaus Student Competition



      sponsored by


      Supported by

      External Tutors

      Site Visits


      Parsons + Whittley

      Eco Design Consultants

      Paul Testa Architecture

      Cowan Eco Design

      Greenbox Associates




      One Manchester

      Piers Sadler Consulting

      Speller Metcalfe