UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards has been revealed.

Six UK practices reached the final stage of this year’s competition which will focus on homes that can inspire the UK self-build market.

In the Urban category, RDA Architects, Tectonics Architects and Anne Thorne Architects made it to the final.

In Chiswick Eco Lodge, RDA Architects created a contemporary design without compromising on the building in London. Overcoming a 3 year long planning process, a tight garage infill site digs down into a semi-sunk Passivhaus home in a dense urban area.

Tectonics Architects’ Lansdowne Drive is a zinc clad two-story Passivhaus home located in a Conservation Area in East London that was erected in a few days from pre-fabricated structural Cross Laminated Timber panels.

Meeting House in Aecomb, York is a textured L-shaped brick house fitting in between a conservation area of mixed aged vernacular buildings. Designed by by Ann Thorne Architects, it tackles overlooking & privacy issues with a low energy – low tech solution.

The three projects selected into the shortlist in the Rural category are Green Building Store’s Golcar Passivhaus, Parsons + Whittley’s Lime Tree Passivhaus and HLM Architects’ Tigh na Croit.

Golcar Passivhaus, a newbuild four-bed detached 296m2 home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, combines light and contemporary open-plan aesthetics with technical advancements in cavity wall Passivhaus construction detailing.

Project leader Bill Butcher commented:

“It has been great to get a chance to develop our methodology for cavity wall construction in ultra low energy and Passivhaus buildings further with this project. We were particularly pleased to achieve an airtightness test results of 0.25 m3 ach/hour, our best result yet.”

Lime Tree Passivhaus in Norfolk is described as a low energy building for a comfortable future. In a small garden plot, the presence of a protected lime tree had driven the eventual arc-shaped plan of the building with a mono pitch roof.

HLM Architects’ Tigh na Croit in Gorstan nestles quietly into an area of former crofting land in the Scottish Highlands. The dwelling is inspired by highland and rural design.

Ross Barrett, Associate at HLM, commented:

“Our intention was that the house should look towards the form of a traditional steading in creating an appropriate scale and form for the site.

“We proposed a contemporary architectural solution where the scale, proportion, openings, roof pitch and mix of materials are all contextually relevant to the rural landscape and create a high quality, low energy design looking towards new successful precedents of rural, Highland Housing”.

UK Passivhaus Awards, organised by the Passivhaus Trust, aim to raise the profile of the Passivhaus standard within the custom and self-build market and prove such buildings can be comfortable, healthy and beautifully designed.

The winners will be decided by Passivhaus Trust members at an awards ceremony on 7 July and announced the following day.