The South West College Erne Campus, on which esc Construction Consultants were Project Manager and Cost Consultants, is one of only eleven projects through to the finals in the UK Passivhaus Awards 2023.
Pat Mullan, esc Managing Director said:
We are thrilled that the pioneering Erne Campus has been recognised on a national level for meeting the highest standards of energy efficiency, comfort and sustainability. Our strategy supported exemplary teamwork and collaboration from inception to completion and beyond, and the design team and supply chain were committed to delivery on sustainable principles.
Erne Campus is the world’s first educational – and currently the largest – Passivhaus Premium (PHP) rated building, and the first UK building to achieve both PHP and BREEAM Outstanding accreditations.
The collective vision, commitment and expertise from esc, the client, funders and the wider design and construction teams ensured this complex project achieved the innovative and exacting standards of both Passivhaus Premium and BREEAM Outstanding accreditations.
The Campus is one of 26 UN Centres of Excellence for High Performance Buildings around the globe and generates four times more energy than it uses, representing a radical reduction in energy use, emissions and running costs compared to the hospital formerly on the site. The heating energy demand is 95% lower than the old campus complex, a saving of £54,000pa in heating bills alone.
Judges were impressed by this revolutionary project because it acts as a living educational tool for students as well as a demonstration of the implementation of a net zero energy building, so helping to break down barriers to the roll-out of such technologies across the UK.
The awards final will be held on 5th July 2023 in London with the winners voted on by Passivhaus Trust members.
UK Passivhaus Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides leadership for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard as a highly effective way of providing high standards of occupant comfort and health while slashing energy use and carbon emissions.