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with the BRE, will be open to members of the public for the first time. The conference is expected to attract over 400 visitors and more than 30 exhibitors. Hosted by Architype’s Jonathan Hines, the conference will have a particular focus on passive house at scale in the UK. It will explore the biggest passive house projects currently under development in the UK, covering a total of almost 1000 units.

The Passivhaus Trust will host the fifth annual UK Passivhaus Conference on Tuesday, 20 October at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. The event, run in partnership

The conference also presents a great opportunity to meet some of the most exciting organisations at the forefront of delivering passive house projects in the UK. It will also offer a concentrated update of what has happened in the UK passive house movement over the past year. The event will feature a mini trade show in the

exhibition area, which will also include demonstration sessions for featured products. The trade show will also be open to non-conference attendees for the first time. The 2015 Passivhaus Award winners will also be on display, as will the finalists of the trust’s student passive house competition. The standard price of entry is £220 or £180 for PHT members (plus VAT), but a 10% early bird discount on this price is available until 31 August. There is also discounted entry of £50 available to students. You can book tickets online and find out more information at

(left) delegates at the sold out 2014 UK Passivhaus Conference

Potton on site with passive Cambridgeshire show house Leading self-build timber frame company Potton, a subsidiary of Kingspan, is on site with a new passive house show home at their self build centre in Cambridgeshire. Potton said that the contemporary look of the property takes the company, known for its more traditional designs, in a new direction. The new show house has been designed by HTA Design, and Potton has been working closely with the HTA team and passive house consultants Warm on the project. “We are delighted to be part of this project with Potton and we very much look forward to the completion of this visually exciting and technically challenging sustainable design,” said Rory Bergin of HTA Design. Potton’s technical director Paul Newman added: “We wanted to show customers first hand that passive house buildings are wonderful places to live in and we wanted to dispel myths that the passive house design has to be boring and boxy.” The design incorporates a generous and flexible internal courtyard which creates room for reading, relaxation or entertaining. The show centre based in Mill Lane, Little Paxton welcomes over 5,000 visitors per year and attracts aspiring self-builders from around the country. Potton’s Self Build Show Centre features four show homes and an information centre which provides advice and design ideas on self build, with special themed events running throughout the year. Potton also run regular free selfbuild seminars for people getting started, titled An Introduction to Self Build, which aims to help people understand the steps involved in building with Potton.

The construction of Potton's passive show house – which will be constructed using the Kingspan TEK build system – will be accompanied by an extended exhibition programme branded 'Self Build Live’, which will allow would be self-builders and existing customers

access to visit and experience a live build. Visit for more information.

(above) A rendering of Potton’s passive show house, which is currently on site

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Photo: Philip Wade Photography

UK Passivhaus Conference open to public for the first time

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Passive house plus issue 11 (UK edition)  

Passive house plus issue 11 (UK edition)