Category: Case study


Ireland has a 15-year history of campaigning for Passivhaus adoption and recent events have propelled the standard to the forefront of industry debate.

Last year, the County Councillors of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown voted 35 to 4 in favour of adopting Passivhaus for all new buildings in the Development Plan for the region. This will have a hugely positive impact on their future building stock in terms of energy performance, health standards and comfort levels. It is a momentous achievement and puts the county shoulder-to-shoulder with other progressive regions such as Brussels, Oslo and parts of Germany and Austria.

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Heidelberg-Bahnstadt in Germany is a new mixed-use district located just 60km south of the first ever Passivhaus construction in Darmstadt. The district covers 116 hectares and will house approximately 6,500 people, all of whom will have a healthy home, which will be affordable to run chiefly thanks to the Passivhaus standard being adopted as a universal construction method.

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Hidden within Hyde Park, London, is the LookOut Education Centre, geared up to teach visitors of the park all about the natural world. David Morley Architects, were set the brief of creating a sustainable structure evocative of a treehouse in the woodland canopy. It is definitely worth a visit – especially with your little naturalists. For more information about the centre click here.