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University of Bradford building awarded ‘Passivhaus’ standard

20 March 2014 No Comment

A new building being constructed at the University of Bradford is the first UK educational facility to achieve the ‘Passivhaus’ standard.

This rating recognises that the £3 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) building provides high levels of comfort, whilst still being energy efficient. GB Building Solutions is the firm in charge of the project, according to greenbuildingpress.co.uk.


Image source via STEM at Bradford Building

Eco-friendly measures included in the building include high-performance windows and doors, as well as mechanical heat recovery systems and many measures to improve insulation. A fabric-first approach was also used for the building.

Reaffirming the university’s sustainable credentials

Students at college writing exam

Talking about achieving the rating, Martin Smout, executive chairman of the GB Group, told thetelegraphandargus.co.uk:

“Achieving Passivhaus at the STEM building has provided a tremendous boost for everyone involved in the design and construction process.”

He added: “Clients like the University of Bradford are increasingly demanding an in-depth understanding of low- carbon techniques and practices in order to comply with new legislation and standards aimed at creating a more energy-efficient built environment.”

Russell Smith, the university’s estates manager for engineering and building, also claimed that it was a “huge achievement” to receive the rating. He added that it helps reaffirms the university’s sustainable credentials, which it is already well-known for.

Author: Samantha Bartlett    Date Written: 20 March 2014

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