Architype’s Jonathan Hines on perfecting Passivhaus

With two Passivhaus buildings winning 2018 CIBSE Building Performance Awards, Andy Pearson speaks to architect Jonathan Hines about the rise in popularity of the accredition system and why he thinks it may one day become mandatory in the UK

Passivhaus
CIBSE technical symposium 2018

Inform, challenge and entertain – highlights from the 2018 CIBSE Technical Symposium

Indoor air quality, circadian lighting and decarbonisation of the Grid were among the topics at last month’s CIBSE Technical Symposium at London South Bank University. Alex Smith and Liza Young highlight some standout papers

District energy

Using Soft Landings to optimise the UK’s biggest Passivhaus

Soft Landings helped the George Davies Centre to a DEC A rating after completion. Willmott Dixon’s Khasha Mohammadian says Passivhaus resulted in significantly lower heat demand than on other higher education projects

Passivhaus

COMMERCIAL HEATING SPECIAL

The latest news in the heating sector plus articles on heat network design; gas CHP; best practice in boiler design; RHI changes; retrofitting boilers; and limescale prevention in hot-water systems CPD

CASE STUDIES

Groundbreaking services design in the best buildings of today

Motorway services – controlling external noise in naturally ventilated homes

A desire for naturally ventilated homes on the North West Cambridge development was threatened by noise from the M11. Apex Acoustics’ Nick Conlan explains how an attenuated system ensured a good night’s sleep for all

Ventilation

Sound advice – taking external noise into account when ventilating buildings

Ventilation strategies relying on residents opening windows falter if there is too much external noise. Anthony Chilton reports on a new guide designed to balance the needs of acoustics, ventilation and overheating

Acoustics