Confronted with the challenge of reducing high carbon emissions in the construction and operation of buildings, the practice has embarked on a research project to offer a high density low-carbon housing solution – Passivtower. With the majority of Passive House certified buildings being low-rise , the practice set itself the challenge to develop a design for a tall residential tower which meets Passive House standards, pushing currently perceived limits. The result is a 48-storey prototype tower, which if realised would be the tallest Passive House building yet to be built. Over October and November, we will be presenting our research at two conferences in North America and we have now published it on our website as open source research.

On 20 October sustainability manager James Woodall participated in the North American Passive House Network Conference in Pittsburgh. Under the title “Passive (House) First,” James joined experts in discussions on how to tackle the different technical as well as wider societal challenges to implementing Passive House solutions on a higher scale.

Two weeks later, on 7 November associate Ciaran Garrick will be speaking as part of a panel on urban density at the Passive House Canada Conference in Vancouver. Alongside experts from Integral Group and Ryder Architecture, Ciaran will pose questions about how to upscale Passive House buildings with more complex procurement methods.

To read more about the Passivtower click here to download our report.