King's comfort gallery

Cambridge choses passive house comfort for Kings’ College students

International issue 38 gallery

This issue features a new nursery school in Paris, built to the Passive House Institute’s low energy building standard.

Boxing clever gallery

Striking Stirlingshire passive house is a true labour of love

International issue 37 gallery

This issue features the University of Chicago’s Warren Woods ecological field station, which was the first passive certified building of its type in North America.

Thinking inside the box

Facing the challenge of how to bring a Victorian home with damp old brick walls up to a modern low energy standard, architect Brendan O’Connor deployed an innovative solution: build entirely new and super-insulated timber frame walls within the old structure.

Up with the lark

Lark Rise is an elegant new passive house in rural Buckinghamshire designed by bere:architects, but it is more than ‘just’ a passive house. Because it produces and stores so much of its own energy through on-site solar power, it is a certified passive house ‘plus’, and over the following pages, its architect Justin Bere explains how dwellings like this can play a key role in decarbonising our economies and societies in the coming decades.

UK's largest passive school

With a decade of experience designing primary schools to the passive house standard under their belt, Architype have now designed the UK’s fi rst passive secondary school — and all of the evidence suggests there is no better way to ensure a healthy, comfortable environment that is supremely conducive to learning.
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