The Challenge and Benefits of Delivering Passivhaus in Schools
Time: 12:00 - 12:25
Date: Wednesday 17 October
Architype and WSP will outline the benefits and challenges of Passivhaus in school design, using their combined experience a wide range of successful delivered projects over many years. Passivhaus offers the benefit to schools of reducing energy running costs by 70-90%, freeing up budgets to be spent directly on educational activities. It also achieves significantly… Read more »Education Estates 2019
Architype and WSP will outline the benefits and challenges of Passivhaus in school design, using their combined experience a wide range of successful delivered projects over many years.
Passivhaus offers the benefit to schools of reducing energy running costs by 70-90%, freeing up budgets to be spent directly on educational activities. It also achieves significantly improved internal environments and optimised internal air quality, enhancing the ability to concentrate and leading to potentially improved teaching and learning
Monitoring undertaken over a number of years in non-Passivhaus and Passivhaus schools will be used to illustrate how successfully Passivhaus actually achieves these benefits in use.
By reducing consumption, Passivhaus also enables clients to meet carbon targets with less reliance on expensive and complex renewable systems.
To achieve these benefits, requires both design and construction to be delivered to a higher standard, which creates inevitable challenges for design teams and contractors.
Architype and WSP will outline the approach they have developed together, working with contractor, Dawnus, to meeting these challenges within the standard budgets available for schools – ie delivering Passivhaus at similar cost to standard schools.
To achieve Passivhaus at similar cost to standard construction, requires working in an integrated way across the whole team, with a rigorous focus on eliminating unnecessary complexity.
Particular design challenges that will be outlined include: optimising form and orientation, balancing daylighting and solar gain, developing structural and construction solutions that eliminate thermal bridging and improve airtightness, and simplifying MEP systems and controls – including MVHR, heating, hotwater and lighting.
The paper will also illustrate examples of current projects in design and development, which demonstrate significant upscale in the application of Passivhaus to secondary and university sector projects.