How Passivhaus can be cheaper than standard construction

Research for the NHS shows how Passivhaus can be cheaper than standard construction for medical buildings

Like many organisations the NHS aims to reduce its carbon footprint to zero within 20 years. With NHS Estates currently contributing around 15% of their total carbon footprint, this ambitious target will only be met by adopting modern methods of construction, including low energy design techniques. As you may have read in our previous news blogs the first NHS Passivhaus project was designed by Tooley Foster and completed last year.

Foleshill Health Centre was developed on the back of research conducted by Tooley Foster (in partnership with CHP and AECOM) that helped make the economic argument for the adoption of Passivhaus design, and we will be releasing an easy to follow summary of that research in September (2022). Reducing the cost of healthcare buildings with Passivhaus looks at two existing NHS buildings and demonstrates the energy and cost savings that could have been achieved if both buildings had been constructed to a Passivhaus Classic standard.

With high energy costs becoming the new normal, both public and private sector organisations are discovering how energy savings can significantly impact budgets. The report provides a range of analysis that can assist long term financial decision making, as well as providing insights into the low energy design techniques used in construction. Sign-up here to ensure you receive your copy.

The research document provides an introduction to Passivhaus design and technology.

Constructed in 2008, the Grand Union Village health centre provided a large part of the data used in the research document.

Illustrative graphic contrasting the capital costs for the GUV health centre against Passivhaus projections.

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Document: Reducing the cost of healthcare building with Passivhaus
20 pp A4 Landscape
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September 2022 by Tooley Foster

If you are interested in any aspect of this work or want to speak to our team about your own low energy design please email us here.


Peter Ranken

Director of Sustainability & Certified Passivhaus Designer

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