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Leicester home to largest non-residential Passivhaus

University of Leicester's new teaching and research facility receives Passivhaus energy efficiency certification

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 01, 2016 | Sustainability

The University of Leicester’s new teaching and research facility has been officially certified as UK’s largest non-residential Passivhaus building. 

The new £42 million Centre for Medicine building, built by contractor Willmott Dixon and designed by Associated Architects, has officially received Passivhaus Certification – officially making it the largest Passivhaus building in the UK with record levels of energy efficiency. 

Bidwells’ Senior Project Manager, Ian Wakeling, said: “This has been an exceptionally challenging project due to the complexities of the Passivhaus requirements and their integration into the building’s design, construction and operational control systems. 

“We are delighted that everyone’s hard work has ensured that this building has received the Passivhaus certification and created a truly exceptional learning environment for future students.” 

Developed in Germany in the early 1990s, Passivhaus is the fastest-growing energy performance standard in the world and is set to reduce the University’s energy bill for its new teaching and research facility by six times, due to the excellent thermal performance of the building and advanced environmental control systems. 

A key facet of Passivhaus is a ‘fabric first’ approach to construction and as such the building is incredibly well insulated and air tight to prevent heat leakage through the windows, walls, floor and roof. Comfort for staff, students and visitors from the local community and beyond, will be maintained by a state-of-the-art heating, cooling and ventilation system.

The Centre for Medicine will record a ‘-2’ energy performance asset rating, placing it in the ‘A+’ category and even has its own green wall and roof, visually representing the University’s commitment to the environment. The green wall and roof will have a planting regime specifically designed to attract insects and birds which will help pollination and to promote bio-diversity.

The Centre for Medicine is the largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by a UK university in the last decade. The Centre will help to meet the demand for more capable and caring doctors and house applied research that will be at the forefront of improved patient safety and the fight against chronic disease.

 

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