Primary School wins Large Project Award in Passivhaus Trust Awards
In North America, most people use the term Passive House to describe the building concept where, as the UK's PassivhausTrust explains, buildings " provide a high level of occupant comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling. They are built with meticulous attention to detail and rigorous design and construction according to principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany, and can be certified through an exacting quality assurance process." In the UK they stick with the Passivhaus name, and today gave their awards for 2015. They clearly demonstrate that these buildings a) are not just houses and b) can be very active indeed. Like the winner of the large project category: The Wilkinson Primary School, designed by Architype.
According to the project submission:
Wilkinson primary is Architype’s third generation Passivhaus School, and as a consequence benefits from the hindsight of previous projects, including a number of innovations and improvements. Completed in February 2014, our full time researcher has been monitoring the occupied school for over a year and the results so far indicate a success beyond initial predictions.
This is the third school that the district has built to Passivhaus standards; they are healthy buildings made from sustainable materials that are incredibly comfortable for the occupants, not to mention cheap to operate. The British school system isn't exactly extravagant with their money either. All good reasons for school boards to try this in North America.