Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Other Passivhaus Refurbs

Passivhaus refurbs are like London buses, you wait for ages for one, then suddenly three in a row come along. The other two projects are both part of the Retrofit for the Future scheme.

First, is the Princedale Road refurbishment of a Victorian Terrace in Holland Park, West London. The building is owned by a social landlord, Octavia Housing. It gained its Passivhaus certification on 1st March from Peter Warm, making it officially the UK's first refurbishment to reach the full (15kWh/m2.a; 0.6 ach @+-50pa) Passivhaus standard. It is a fantastic achievement, particularly as the building is a mid terrace in a conservation area, so there were many complex problems to overcome.

The second project is here in the south west. The client is North Devon Homes and the project, known as Barbrook, is currently on site. The site is much more challenging than our one so that, even though they are 'only' going for the EnerPHit standard, their project is every bit as challenging. I am looking forward to visiting Barbrook soon.

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