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Turners Hill Road has been Passivhaus certified

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in news | Comments Off

Turners Hill Road has been Passivhaus certified

We are very pleased by the news that Turners Hill Road, a development in West Sussex for Hastoe Housing Association, has been Passivhaus certified. PCKO, the Architects, worked closely with us to develop the design without compromising their vision for a contemporary interpretation of West Sussex vernacular. Using a double stud timber frame from Allwood provided the U-values needed, with careful detailing to ensure that the brick façade did not compromise performance. This is the first Passivhaus project undertaken by PMC, and their care and...

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Spreadsheet Updated: Psi Calculation from THERM

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in news | Comments Off

  PSI calculation from Therm using excel v36 (650.0 KiB, 4,395 hits) Dear all, We have just uploaded a new version of our popular Psi Calculation from THERM spreadsheet. Version 36 features a space for you to paste your own company logo/address alongside ours. Enjoy!

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New Certification Checklist

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in news | Comments Off

New Certification Checklist

  We want to make the certification process as simple as possible for everyone involved. To help you provide the evidence required at the design stage, we have updated our certification check list. This gives lots of examples and links to useful information.   We also have a site check list which explains what information is typically needed from the construction team. These documents can be found on our download page.

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New Ventilation Design and Commissioning Sheet for Download

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in news | Comments Off

We’ve just added a new resource to our downloads page! Over the last 6 months we’ve undertaken quite a lot of work on understanding ventilation systems and their commissioning.  We’ll be blogging on this in the near future, but in the meantime here’s a present for all those designers/commissioning engineers: a new vent design & commissioning sheet based on the PHI’s Excel sheet (see www.passiv.de). We’ve added a calculation to the Design tab to check compliance with the UK Part F 2010 (vent. building regulations) and a series of inputs on...

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Getting Ventilation Right

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in news | Comments Off

Every so often the PHI release an updated Certifiers Almanac, a document which explains and clarifies technical issues raised by certifiers. The latest issue includes a section on ‘soft’ certification criteria. While most people are aware of the ‘hard’ criteria (15kWh/m2yr heating energy demand and so on), the soft criteria are less well known, but are of equal importance. Although the table on Passipedia http://www.passipedia.org/passipedia_en/planning/other_attributs_for_passive_houses divides these criteria into thermal comfort, user...

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New WARM Results Sheet Released – PHPP 8 Compatible!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in news | Comments Off

New WARM Results Sheet Released – PHPP 8 Compatible!

The WARM Results Sheet is a template that you can insert into your PHPP, which gathers together in one place the key information about your project, all laid out nicely in graphs and tables. For instance, if you want to be able to tell, at-a-glance, which aspects of the building are responsible for the greatest heat loss, what the heat loss form factor is, or which of your windows are responsible for the greatest net heat loss, you can do this without hunting around for the figures in your PHPP. John has been hard at work adapting the results...

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Passivhaus triple glazed windows versus storm force winds

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in news | Comments Off

Passivhaus window insulate you in more ways from the weather… no cold drafts, no cold radiant effect, and no noise!

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Montgomery Primary School wins CIBSE Award

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in news | Comments Off

Certified in early 2012, along with the Wolverhampton schools, Montgomery was one of the first three Passivhaus schools in the UK. We worked with NPS in Exeter  to design a school which has high levels of functionality for teaching and learning and yet is Zero Carbon in use by adopting Passivhaus design principles. The school recently won the New build Project of the Year at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2014: click...

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Germanisms – Friday fun

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in news | Comments Off

In our quest to further understand the Passivhaus standard Karl has found these gems of translation:   ‘Who does not know her, enduring the tiresome discussion during the school years: Window auf! on! – Fenster zu! – Window!’ (Google Translation of a PHI Document)   ‘Be enough de piping’ ‘De long pipeline’ (online translations of presumably length of ductwork, from PHLuft   Name for a Passivhaus swimming pool (according to Google translate of a webpage) is “Bad Lip” Google translate goes on to say:...

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Hello!

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in news | Comments Off

Hello!  My name’s Liam and I’ve just joined WARM.  At the moment, I’m learning lots about the Passivhaus (PH) methodology in general, but I’ll increasingly be trained up by Pete and Sally in mechanical services specification, and I’m really looking forward to all this learning, and then being able to contribute in my own right.  It was only last summer that I realised just how great PH was, but already I’ve become a bit of a zealot, proselytising to people about its advantages!  Having spent three years of my life living and studying in...

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