Napper Director James Gilbert certified as Passive House Designer
12 November 2020
Napper Architects are delighted to report that James Gilbert has achieved the Passive House accreditation. The Passive House standard has been developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany and is gaining momentum both on a national and global platform, it is the world’s leading ‘fabric first’ approach to low energy building. As well as significantly reducing the heating and energy requirements for buildings Passive House is a comfort standard that ensures healthier indoor conditions with excellent air quality and consistent temperatures.
As the name suggests the low energy is achieved through predominantly passive measures such as an increased thermal envelope and a high level of airtightness. It is a proven system to produce buildings that have the lowest whole life energy costs and can be applied across a range of sectors including residential, schools, and offices. James participated in the comprehensive Passivhaus Institute’s Certified Designer course before successfully passing the examination.
With Napper Architects’ work covering a broad range of sectors the Passive House principles have already been applied on a Special Education Needs School and a 150 unit residential masterplan. Napper look forward to working on further projects that embrace the Passive House principles that ultimately lead to Clients and building users benefiting from the low running costs and healthier indoor environments, which is particular relevant in the challenging times we are living through.