Tarmac partners with Passivhaus to find young architects

May 1, 2019

A Tarmac sponsored challenge to find the next rising stars of the architecture and design world is underway.

Now in its fourth year, the Passivhaus Student competition, which encourages sustainability and innovation in building design, is open to architecture and planning students, engineers, energy modellers as well as anyone with a design project from participating UK universities. Entrants are invited to submit plans that could transform a real-world structure into a certifiable Passivhaus building.

Developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany, certification demands a high standard of efficiency, with buildings having to create high comfort and health benefits for users whilst using very little power for heating and cooling. This requires meticulous design and construction, with the aim being a 90 per cent reduction in heating requirements compared to average new-build homes in the UK.

Jeremy Greenwood, managing director of Tarmac’s construction solutions business, said: “We’re really proud to continue our sponsorship of the Passivhaus Student Competition for another year.  Sustainability is embedded at the heart of our business and is central to how we work at every level of our operations, so it’s a privilege to be engaging with the talented young people charged with designing the buildings of our future.

“Choosing the right materials has a huge impact on the thermal performance of a building, as well as the comfort and safety of the occupants, and as a business, we are committed to developing innovative products and solutions that support the drive for more sustainable construction.”

Jon Bootland, CEO at the Passivhaus Trust, says that teaching young architects and engineers key skills about integrating building performance into design concepts is fundamental to delivering high comfort, low energy buildings as standard. Our key objective for this competition is to engage next-generation designers and to equip them with solutions for the challenges of sustainable construction.

This year’s competition features a new category open to students of any current full or part-time course at a UK University within the built environment. Entries must be submitted by 31 May.

For more information about the competition visit http://passivhaustrust.org.uk/passivhaus_awards/2019-student-competition/