Learning about Passivhaus - Delegation to Germany September 2010

Delegates arrive in Germany
Delegates arrive in Germany
At the Pro Clima Training Facility
At the Pro Clima Training Facility
Learning about retrofit
Learning about retrofit

MADE's 6th European delegation visited Darmstadt and Frankfurt to explore Passivhaus technology and how it has been applied in new-build and retrofit developments.

Sixteen delegates from a variety of backgrounds including architecture, building management and construction, joined the three-day delegation.

Day one
On the first day delegates visited the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt where Berthold Kaufmann introduced the five basic principles of Passivhaus:

  • Highly insulated buildings - up to 3-cm for walls, 40cm for roof
  • Avoiding thermal bridges - ensuring that heat loss is minimised
  • Triple glazing
  • Airtight envelope - avoiding airflow through gaps will reduces heat loss and humidity damage
  • Good ventilation system with heat recover system to ensure fresh air flow through the building and reduce heating costs

You can download the presentation below.

Day two
A visit to the Pro Clima training facility in Schwetzingen, allowed delegates to see the application of the Passivhaus principles. A presentation by Michael Foster explained the process of achieving high levels of insulation, air-tightness and avoiding damage from moisture. Delegates then went on a tour of new-build and retro-fit developments accompanied by architects from LUWOGE, Thilo Cunz and Andre Zaman (http://www.luwoge.de)

Day three
In Frankfurt, delegates visited a retrofit project under development which included a Combined Heat and Power Plant for the development powered by Rape Seed Oil.

MADE organised the delegation as part of its commitment to the ESF funded Skills for Climate Change Project.

The Skills for Climate Change Project is led by Birmingham Metropolitan College and funded by the European Social Fund. The project brings together a number of the West Midlands leading environmental organisations to address the skills required to reduce CO2 emissions from existing buildings.

Passivhaus presentation by Berthold Kauffman

Pro Clima presentation by Michael Foster

Overview of ESF Skills for Climate Change project

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