UK Passivhaus Conference 2010 - 11th October

Islington Town Hall Assembly Rooms, Upper Street, London N1 2UD.


Registration and refreshments


Exhibition of Passivhaus products and services
Open 08:30-09:30, 11:00-11:30, 13:00-16:30, 17:45-19:00


Overview of Passivhaus in the UK
Alexis Rowell, cuttingthecarbon


University of East London Ice Challenge

UEL architecture students built two small houses, one to the Passivhaus standard, and the other to be as energy inefficient as current building regulations. As part of the UK Student Passivhaus Conference - our sister event on Sunday 10th October – the structures were filled up with ice to see if it melted. You can see the results here in a beautiful video put together by Marek Redo of UEL’s School of Architecture and the Visual Arts.


Keynote Speech
Prof Wolfgang Feist, Passivhaus Institut


Q&A with Prof Feist (video link assistance kindly provided by the University of East London)


Refreshments break


Case Studies


Lunch provided by The Waterhouse, one of London's greenest restaurants.


Site visits (by rickshaw and on foot)

  • New build, residential, high end - Aubert Park, Highbury
    Stephen Coleman, 4orm Architecture
  • Aubert Park Fact Sheet (pdf, 1.1Mb)

  • Retrofit, residential - A Victorian property refurbished using Passivhaus techniques – Culford Road, Hackney
    Robert Cohen (owner)/Robert Prewett (architect)
  • Culford Road Fact Sheet (pdf, 0.5Mb)

  • Retrofit, residential - An Octavia Housing Association Victorian property expected to reach the PH standard - Princedale Road, Holland Park
    Edward Borgstein, Green Tomato Energy
  • Princedale Road Fact Sheet (pdf, 1.3Mb)

  • Retrofit, non-residential - Newington Green Community Centre (under construction)
    Justin Bere, bere:architects
  • Mayville Community Centre Fact Sheet v2 (pdf, 1.6Mb)




Workshops (in main chamber)

  • What does PH certification mean?
    A joint Q&A session led by the UK Passivhaus certifiers
  • Thermal bridges and fabric moisture
    Sebastian Moreno, Passivhaus Belgium
  • Sebastian Moreno - Thermal bridges and fabric moisture (pdf, 2.9Mb)

  • Issues associated with UK weather data
    Mike Williams, Building Research Establishment
  • Using the PHPP software for retrofits
    Sofie Pelsmakers, University of East London

Refreshments break


Overcoming barriers to Passivhaus in Austria
Helmut Krapmeier, Austrian Energy Institute


Keynote Speech
Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP

You can read Chris Huhne's full speech here.


Drinks and Networking sponsored by the Green Building Store and the Passivhaus Trust


Eco broadcaster Penney Poyzer launches the Green Building Store’s Passivhaus low energy building in the UK, a technical film about the Denby Dale Passivhaus.


A short introduction to the new Passivhaus Trust, a non-profit organisation aiming to provide leadership in the UK about the adoption of the Passivhaus standard.


Conference Dinner at the Duke of Cambridge, the UK's first and only organic pub.