Passivhaus Learning – A twinned analysis

Time: 14:00 - 15:00

Date: Week 4: 22-16 June


Responding to the local, national and of course global drive to reduce carbon consumption, emissions and lifecycle running costs, West Lothian Council have committed to deliver two early years centres at St. Mary’s Bathgate and Blackridge Primary Schools, which deliver on this vision.

Spatially identical, with the building form and material palette developed to promote efficiency for both the building user and building performance, the two buildings have been procured to follow two different sets of environmental performance criteria:

  • Blackridge Early Years following Passivhaus principles
  • Mary’s Early Years following Optimum school principles.

Our play and learning centric whole site approach directly promotes an incredibly efficient building footprint whilst not compromising in any manner, the play and learning potential and opportunities our sites offers us.

By modelling the desired outcomes and evidencing the impact in construction and in operation, we are enabled to not only control the energy efficiency of our designs , but also to study and recalibrate the behaviours of our learners, staff and operators to achieve an even better outcome for both of our sites at Blackridge and St. Mary’s.

Through construction verification testing and live & ongoing performance monitoring, data shall be captured at both sites through an academic research partnership with Napier University, providing a true performance comparison for the on-going operational model measured against the as-designed theoretical performance model.

This project has immense potential to inform future decisions on achieving net zero carbon buildings. The presentation shall discuss all aspects of the twinned designs, through design, procurement, construction and in-use performance monitoring as well as how user behaviours can impact and influence design and operation.


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