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Tarmac partners with Passivhaus

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A Tarmac-sponsored challenge to find the rising stars of the architecture and design world is underway.

Now in its fourth year, the Passivhaus Student competition encourages sustainability and innovation in building design. It is open to architecture and planning students, engineers, energy modellers, and anyone with a design project from participating UK universities. Entrants are invited to submit plans that could transform a real-world structure into a certifiable Passivhaus building.

Developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany, certification demands a high standard of efficiency, with buildings having to create high comfort and health benefits for users, whilst using very little power for heating and cooling. This requires meticulous design and construction, with the aim of a 90% reduction in heating requirements compared to the average new-build homes in the UK.

“We are really proud to continue our sponsorship of the Passivhaus Student Competition for another year,” said Jeremy Greenwood, Managing Director of Tarmac’s construction solutions business. “Sustainability is embedded at the heart of our business and is central to how we work at every level of operations, so it is a privilege to be engaging with the talented young people charged with designing the buildings of our future.

“Choosing the right materials has a huge impact on the thermal performance of a building, as well as the comfort and safety of the occupants and, as a business, we are committed to developing innovative products and solutions that support the drive for more sustainable construction.”

Jon Bootland, CEO at the Passivhaus Trust, has said that teaching young architects and engineers key skills about integrating building performance into design concepts in fundamental to delivering high comfort, low energy buildings as standard. Our key objective for this competition is to engage next generation designers and to equip them with solutions for the challenges of sustainable construction.

This year’s competition features a new category, open to students of any full or part-time course at a UK university, within the built environment.

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