Revolution in health care: the first NHS Passivhaus building

The first NHS Passivhaus medical building gains certification

Tooley Foster, the RIBA award winning architect, have now gained certification for the UK’s first Passivhaus health centre in Coventry. Its opening in August follows four years of analysis and research by Tooley Foster, AECOM and Community Health Partnerships to establish the financial and health benefits of Passivhaus standards for medical buildings.

With NHS estates currently contributing 5% to England's carbon footprint, the project clearly demonstrates how Passivhaus technology can save money and help the NHS in its ambition to become zero carbon by 2040.

On site for just 25 weeks, with every aspect tightly controlled and budgeted for; the Foleshill project used modular construction to keep site costs down and illustrates how factory production is no barrier to high-end, Passivhaus certification.

The building will now be used as an exemplar of good practice within the NHS. Data will continue to be collected and analysed over the next few years, providing additional evidence for investment in Passivhaus by the NHS as we near 2040.

“The Passivhaus Institutes certification of Foleshill Health Centre confirms that Passivhaus works for UK health buildings and is the culmination of a Proof of Concept process that demonstrates how very energy efficient, comfortable health buildings are possible with lower whole life costs than the conventional alternative.”

Peter Ranken
Director of Sustainability at Tooley Foster

Project overview

Location: Foleshill, Coventry
Size: Five consulting rooms & two treatment rooms over 600m²
Architect & Passivhaus Design: Tooley Foster
Client: Community Health Partnerships
Build Partners: Portakabin, AECOM + Arden Estate Partnerships


It's early days for Foleshill, but we have already picked up:
Constructing Excellence Awards
West Midlands: Sustainability, Offsite, Value and Winner of Winners
East Midlands: Offsite & Constructing Excellence
CABE Built Environment Awards
Sustainability Award
Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards
Best New Build Project of the Year
Building Better Healthcare Awards
Best Carbon Reduction Initiative

Read more about Foleshill here

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