Passivhaus Schools

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We have been very lucky to be involved in a series of Passivhaus schools working with Architype and Alan Clarke. The first three are in Wolverhampton constructed by Thomas Vale and one in Leeds by Interserve. All were Certified By Warm.

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A certified Passivhaus primary school in Wolverhampton designed by Architype and built by Thomas Vale Contruction. Elemental Solutions provided full Passivhaus design advice, detailing and energy modeling working with Alan Clarke and E3 Consulting Engineers. Opened October 2011. Along with Oakmeadow this was one of the first 3 Passivhaus schools to be certified in the UK. Bushbury School has won a number of awards including a CIBSE Building Performance Award.

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Oakmeadow Passivhaus primary school 2011

Passive house school south glazingWorking with Alan Clarke, Architype and E3, providing full Passivhaus design advice, energy modeling and site supervision. Construction by Thomas Vale. Opened October 2011. Passivhaus Certified Feb 2012 this was one of the first 3 schools to be certified in the UK. Elemental Solutions are actively involved in the Soft Landing process and performance monitoring.

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Swillington Passivhaus primary school 2011

Swillington Passivhaus School Leeds

Also with Alan Clarke and Architype Constructed by Interserve. Started on site Autumn 2011. Elemental Solutions provided PHPP energy modelling and full Passivhaus design services including support for the building services engineers Hoare Lea. Passivhaus Certified May 2012.

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Wilkinson Passivhaus School, completed December 2013

passive house school wolverhamptonBuilding on the lessons of the first three Passivhaus schools an even tighter budget has served to focus our minds. Keeping the same design team and contractor has really helped.

wilkinson schoolAs with Oakmeadow and Bushbury, Wilkinson school builds on the innovative cascade ventilation approach developed with E3. Fresh air tempered by the heat recover unit feeds the classrooms and offices. This air spills into the hub space plenum and is extracted from WCs and store rooms. When the hall is occupied a fan circulates air from the hub into the hall.


Passivhaus school kitchen design

passivhaus school kitchenAs few German schools include full catering kitchens we had to start from first principles. The result has been very successful with excellent comfort and good energy efficiency. You can read more about the approach in the paper on passivhaus school kitchen design by Alan Clarke.

Designing Passivhaus schools video

Presentation at the UK Passivhaus Conference 2011 at the Barbican London with Jonathan Hines and Matt Wisdom. Here we outline the secret to delivering Passivhaus Schools at no extra cost, the innovative ventilation strategy, secrets of good airtightness and some differences compared to German schools.