Passivhaus Schools

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Our first Passivhaus projects were schools. The first three are in Wolverhampton with design by Architype and construction by Thomas Vale. Another is in Leeds built by Interserve. All were Certified By Warm.

Bushbury Passivhaus school 2011Bushbury passivhaus school

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. This was one of the first 3 schools to be certified in the UK. Elemental Solutions were 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. 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 served to focus our minds. Keeping the same design team and contractor also really helped.

wilkinson schoolAs with Oakmeadow and Bushbury, Wilkinson school builds on the innovative cascade ventilation approach developed with E3.

Passivhaus school kitchen design

passivhaus school kitchenFew German schools include full catering kitchens so 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.