/ Passive's about time

How can progressive environmental performance be designed and delivered to stand the test of time within a sensitive historic context?

by Matthew Traub

As part of the 2020 Passive House Canada Virtual Summit, Matthew Traub and James Woodall presented our recently completed Cranmer Road student housing scheme for King's College, Cambridge, the first major passive house development in Cambridge.

At an event focused on 'building for resilience' the talk considers the various implications of time on the design of the buildings: Working within a heavily protected historical environment and to a 100 year design life, the project pushes the passive house agenda to balance a sensitive contextual approach with a progressive low-energy environmental strategy. The result are buildings that sit comfortably within deeply historic setting, yet which are designed to be 'of the moment', and are expected to last for hundreds of years to come.

In particular, the presentation focussed on a series of quietly innovative detail that balance performance with aesthetics to deliver robust, long-lasting and low energy buildings.