Construction works team at BCP Council lead on sustainable PassivHaus construction in the South West

Four members of BCP Council’s in-house construction works team, which trades through the Seascape South Limited company, have recently become qualified as PassivHaus (PH) Tradesperson Qualified by the PassivHaus Institutevia an on-line exam.

PassivHaus construction involves building to a set of highly energy efficient design criteria, which can help create buildings which use around 90% less energy than standard UK buildings.

This accreditation confirms that the four members of the team have the detailed understanding of Passivhaus principles and the knowledge to build houses to Passivhaus standards correctly. This is an excellent asset to assist with our in-house new build programme.

Councillor Robert Lawton, BCP Council Portfolio Holder for Homes said:

“Congratulations to the newly PassivHaus accredited team members, this is a brilliant achievement, well done.

“We are committed to building sustainable housing across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area so having these skills in house is a real asset to our team.”

Councillor Mike Greene, Portfolio holder for transport and sustainability said:

“This new accreditation will be a huge asset to the council and our future building plans as we respond to the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

"It means we can achieve the highly efficient standards we want, but without needing to pay for external certification. It will also help us achieve our twin targets of reducing the council's own carbon footprint to net zero by 2030 and that for the BCP area as a whole by 2050."

BCP Council intend to incorporate PassivHaus principles and other high sustainability standards into more new buildings in the future. The team is currently working on building nine homes (three three-bedroom houses and six flats) at Luckham Road in Bournemouth. This project is due to be completed in October 2021.

Posted on Thursday 5 August 2021