“Gareth Hughes, MP, self-funded a fact-finding trip to Exeter to find out about the city’s Passivhaus programme. He was keen to see how it could be replicated back home.”
“To date, the City Council has built 67 Passivhaus properties, with more energy-efficient properties in the pipeline. Even the eagerly-awaited St Sidwell’s Point Leisure Centre will be built to Passivhaus standards, as well as a 52-bed Extra Care Home off Topsham Road.”
Passivhaus in the UK is the same thing as Passive House in New Zealand; Exactly the same performance standard.
I’ve met Gareth several times over the years. Most recently the day before the launch of our Passive House for New Zealand book this past February 2019. We spoke for over an hour about Passive House and how it can transform fuel poverty and carbon emissions in the social housing sector.
I’m completely stoked that Gareth went to the UK and met up with the Exeter team and especially Emma Osmundsen who has helped introduce Passive House into Exeter Council social housing to the point where now the cost is the same for social housing to the minimum building code and to Certified Passive House. As she proudly says you get a good design team and they will cut the cloth to fit.
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