Passivhaus: workshop launches new research

The principal investigator of the project, Dr. Henrik Schoenfeldt, together with Doug Smith from tp Bennett, held a workshop in Maidstone to kick-start a new research project entitled: ‘Interrogating the technical, economic and cultural challenges of delivering the passivhaus standard in the UK’. Guest speakers are James Anwyl from Eurobuilt, the architect Richard Hawkes. Three third year undergraduate, 10 post-graduate students from the Kent school of architecture and Tanisha Raffiuddin from the Passivhaus Trust also attended.

The aim of the research project is to conduct an in-depth investigation into the technical, economic and cultural challenges associated with implementing the German PH standard in England through 13 detailed case studies of PH certified buildings completed since 2009. The project will involve a collaboration between academic researchers, industry and post-graduate students. Richard Hawkes (Hawkes architects) Doug Smith (tp Bennett) and James Anwyl (Eurobuilt) have agreed to provide financial and/or in-kind support for the project. Jon Bootland from the Passivhaus Trust has also shown an interest in establishing a research collaboration.

The workshop agenda was:



08.15                            Coach leaves Keynes College bus stop, Canterbury UofK Campus

09.00                            Arrive at Rock House, Boughton Monchelsea

09.00 -09.30                  Continental Breakfast

09.30                            Introduction to workshop by Doug Smith, tp Bennett and Henrik Schoenefeldt, University of Kent

09.45                            Project Brief/Q&A: The scope and themes of the passivhaus case studies

10.15                            ‘The Passivhaus Standards and Design Principles’, by Henrik Schoenefeldt

10.45                            Tea/Coffee

11.00                            ‘Crossways, Staplehurst’ by Richard Hawkes

11.30                            ‘The Contractors View’ by James Anwyl, Director of Eurobuild

12.00                            Panel discussion with Richard and James

12.30                            Site Visit

1.00                              Lunch

2.00                              Brainstorming workshop – How can we apply passivhaus principles to Rock Court site?

3.30                              Tea/Coffee

3.45                              Presentation of workshop findings and critique with Doug Smith and Henrik Schoenefeldt

4.45                              Final Q&A session

5.15                              Leave for Canterbury UofK Campus