As part of our interest in sustainability and technical detailing we have looked into the German-engineered Passivhaus standard and now, in Heather McNeill, we have a certified Passivhaus Designer in the office. Clearly the main benefits of the standard are the almost non-existent energy bills and the thermal comfort for the occupants but the social benefits of the standard particularly appeal to us in that it could effectively end fuel poverty which will benefit not only occupants but in particular social housing providers. 


We also feel that it goes a long way towards addressing the drastic decrease in carbon emissions from the building industry, and, if it were to be coupled with more sustainable materials and renewable energy generation, could provide a viable option for zero-carbon construction