Non-Domestic Passivhaus and low energy building projects

See also the schools projects page.

HARC Passivhaus Certified Archive, Hereford 2013 – 2014

Passivhaus Archive Hereford HARCWe worked with Architype to develop an approach to radically reduce the energy requirements for the new Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre. The energy strategy for the repository owes much to the work of Tim Padfield. This is the first Passivhaus Archive in the UK and the second in the world to be certified. It is Thermal Imaging HARCalso the first repository designed to the new Standard for archival materials storage, PD 5454.

Although this was the contractor’s first Passivhaus project, it seems likely that Kier Construction have delivered one of the most airtight buildings in the world!

The building was completed in January 2015 and we are monitoring the repository during the acclimatisation period.

Passivhaus Archive articleYou can download an in depth article on the Hereford Passivhaus Archive here. Article by Kate de Selincourt courtesy of Passive House Plus Magazine





Download a paper and presentation on the project as presented at the 25th International Passivhaus Confererence in Darmstadt here.
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National Galleries Scotland 2015

We have carried out forensic studies at a number of NGS buildings including Modern 1 Gallery in Edinburgh. These have led to very simple interventions achieving significant improvements in environmental conditions.

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art store airtightnessAlan Clarke (above) installing airtight insulated panels over window openings in an NGS art store. Simple measures such as improved airtightness and a change to the heating control achieved dramatic improvements in storage conditions.

NGS Gallery survey

Rob White of Architype (above) checks temperature, CO₂ and RH. Our investigation led to improvements in environmental conditions for the art and the staff.

Genesis Centre 2006;  Somerset College of Arts & Technology

eco minimal Water Pavilion at the Genesis Centre Taunton

Elemental Solutions worked with Architype to develop the water pavilion, a study in eco-minimal water efficiency measures. We also provided design advice to improve other aspects of the building performance. This was achieved through a process of radical simplification and improvement of thermal performance. This was the start of an ongoing collaboration leading to Architype adopting Passivhaus as their preferred performance standard.

River Studio 2013; Enerphit Certified, Passivhaus Architect’s office

River Studio EnerPHit OfficeWe worked with Sjölander da Cruz Architects in Birmingham providing Passivhaus design advice, building services design and site support. Whilst only the steel frame remains of the original agriculture building, this presented a number of challenges as well as opportunities. The Tumbler blog can passivhaus retrofit of barnbe viewed here. River Studio was shortlisted for the Passivhaus Trust awards 2014.

Issue 9 of Passive House Plus Magazine contains an in depth article on the project. The online article can be viewed here.

Images courtesy of Sjölander da Cruz Architects.

EnerPHit office interior

Tiny Guitar Workshop

guitar making workshopThis self-built workshop by Retired Architect David Anderson is designed to ensure a stable environment suitable for making top quality classical guitars. The design uses Passivhaus details and triple glazed fenestration to achieve a very stable temperature and RH throughout the year. The poor form factor (large heat loss area Passivhaus inspired guitar workshoprelative to useful floor area) is offset by the high gains per square metre. See the Aachen paper and article on small Passivhaus buildings here.