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UWE Student Accommodation – Purdown View

We were Passivhaus certifiers for this very large Passivhaus scheme of three student accommodation blocks in Bristol. At the time of writing it is the largest development certified to the Passivhaus Building standard in the UK, with over 900 bedrooms across three buildings and a total Passivhaus treated floor area of 21,000m2 (GIA 27,000m2) Working […]

Siobhan Davies Dance Studio

This primary school building was refurbished and repurposed into Siobhan Davies Dance studio by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects back in 2005. After nearly 30 years the architects and charity are looking to review and upgrade the building and systems to reduce carbon emissions. Etude were appointed to carry out a light touch retrofit strategy including a […]

Oxford Humanities

Etude are the Passivhaus designers, providing in depth design consultancy from RIBA Stages 2-6 on what could become the largest Passivhaus in the UK, and the first Passivhaus certified concert hall. We have coordinated  thermal performance with the architect, structural and MEP engineers, façade consultant, theatre consultant and other specialists. This complex project requires a […]

Houlton School, Rugby

Houlton School is a new six form entry secondary school on the site of the iconic former Rugby Radio station. The design includes three new buildings and incorporates two original Grade II listed early 20th century radio station buildings with a complete refurbishment. Etude provided environmental design consultancy for all buildings, from concept through to […]

King Alfred School

Collaborating with vHH architects to help King Alfred School estates and leadership team understanding how to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions whilst improving teaching facilities and the coherence of the site. Etude provided high level energy strategy, direction on specification for future capital works projects, and carried out a site survey to review the […]

Loughborough University SportPark Pavilion 4

Working for the University and coordinating closely with the designer and contractor to provide Passivhaus certification assessment, consultancy input and site quality benchmark site visits for an open plan office building completed in early 2023. The building is a new wing to an existing building and is visually identical. Detailed energy performance monitoring is being […]

Thornhill Primary

Etude carried out Passivhaus certification and consultancy support for a new 3 form entry Primary school in Bedfordshire. The school replaced an existing single form entry school on the same site. Etude carried out pre-planning and detailed design Passivhaus certification reviews, completed site quality visits and workshops and awarded Passivhaus certification in 2022. Our feedback […]

St. Benedicts school

Etude helped the contractor, Jerram Falkus, to successfully tender and deliver a new wing to a primary school. We helped the contractor develop suitable quality assurance processes, and then contributed to the delivery through site training, inspection and feedback to ensure that the airtightness and construction quality targets were met.