Low Carbon

Time: 16:00 - 16:55

Date: 27-Nov-2019




Kier has an excellent track record of delivering Passivhaus buildings. Through collaborative working, training and education of the supply chain, establishing clear on-site monitoring techniques and adherence to strict quality assurance protocols, Kier has significantly de-risked the design and construction process to ensure the final build fully complies with Passivhaus and the principles espoused by this technique.

Come and listen to Kier explain the best practice and lessons learned in delivering Passivhaus across the UK and find out that sometimes, too good to be true can indeed be true!

Passivhaus technical teamwork – connecting design and construction, reducing energy use, and creating healthy learning environments: Jonathan Hines, Architype & Patrick Brown, City of Edinburgh Council

City of Edinburgh Council are pursuing the adoption of  the Passivhaus standard in response to the Cole Report, and increasing concern about the performance gap being experienced in recent schools where energy consumption is often many times higher than predicted at design, and levels of CO2 and overheating in classrooms are unacceptable.

To deliver Scotland’s first Passivhaus Secondary school, which is now underway, it was recognised that it would be necessary to build a culture of collaborative technical teamwork underpinned by a whole life cycle cost culture to connect design and construction with ongoing maintenance, energy use and low carbon emissions.

A team has been assembled that draws on the experience of Passivhaus schools delivery in England and Wales, responds to the feedback currently being gained from POE studies of CEC’s recent schools, and integrates with local expertise in school delivery within CEC, HubSE and SFT.

The presentation will share the experience of study visits to completed Passivhaus schools and the evidence of monitoring in use. We will illustrate how Passivhaus is being applied in the design of Currie High School by:

  • developing integrated technical teamwork and sharing of experience
  • using its design tool to encourage optimisation of design
  • ensuring that buildings that work ‘by design’ enabling simplicity of systems
  • enhancing the pedagogical quality of teaching and learning environments

We will explore the challenges encountered in getting the first Passivhaus secondary in Scotland off the ground and share lessons learned in its design and delivery. In particular the presentation will highlight how Passivhaus:

  • can work financially in Scottish schools – using whole life costing analysis
  • guarantees performance – using a built-in system of quality assurance
  • delivers exceptional quality of internal environments with optimum air quality, low CO2 levels, good acoustics, and comfortable temperatures with no overheating, to enhance attainment

West Lothian Council Early Years programme

Passivhaus versus Traditional – a direct comparison: Neil McIntyre, West Lothian Council, Alex Donaldson, Scott Brownrigg & Allan Smith, Morrison Construction

The WLC Early Years programme proposes two new Early Years Centres at St. Mary’s Bathgate and Blackridge Primary Schools. Whilst spatially identical, the two buildings have been procured to follow two different sets of environmental performance criteria.

Being developed through the Hub South East framework, a transparent and collaborative approach enables direct comparison on process, construction method, programme, capital and operational costs. This is coupled with enhanced data logging when in use, informing not only how we can fine tune the existing facilities but also how we directly influence next generation design proposals.


Operational efficiency of public buildings is under constant review due to ongoing pressures on public expenditure budgets, coupled with the governments drive to demonstrably decrease carbonisation. As such, new capital projects are being challenged to drive towards higher performance whilst reducing operational maintenance and running costs over the building lifecycle.

An increasingly popular solution is to design to ‘Passivhaus’ standard – a quality assurance process that is driven by a fabric first approach, providing a high level of occupant comfort whilst using very little energy for heating and cooling.

The current Early Years programme includes two new-build centres and after careful demonstration by the Design and Build team, West Lothian Council have directed that the centre at Blackridge PS shall follow the Passivhaus standard, with St. Mary’s Bathgate following a traditional approach.

Passivhaus should, in theory, outperform the traditional approach, but will the theory reflect reality? how will the two models perform commercially, physically and which will have the superior performance in use from an operational, environmental and end-user experience standpoint?

Having a direct comparison of process, construction methods, costs and performance data shall provide invaluable data to enable an objective review on the impact, benefits and challenges of Passivhaus.

What you can do when staff get permission to innovate: Dr Ken Thomson OBE, Principal and CEO, Forth Valley College

Forth Valley College launched their UK award winning Creative Learning and Technologies Strategy five years ago and now underpins their whole digital learning environment. This is the story of how we developed “I am the Machine”, ConnectForth, FES Centre of Excellence, FutureEquipped, SCOTS and innovative strategic partnerships for our communities and became a UK winner in learning and industrial practise. All possible through our mission for “making Learning work” and underpinned by six strategic objectives including creating superb environments for Learning, a vibrant learning organisation, celebrating innovation and a whole system approach resulting in 95% positive destination for our students and a  Forth Valley College student that “stand out in the future job market”. Not forgetting how lessons learned over the last five years have supported the design of our soon to be opened fabulous new £78million bespoke Falkirk Campus headquarters.


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