World-leading Erne Campus through to finals of UK Passivhaus Awards 2023


Erne Campus of South West College, designed by Hamilton Architects, is a finalist in the UK Passivhaus Awards 2023.

The awards celebrate the best in Passivhaus design and construction by recognising buildings that meet the highest standards of energy efficiency, comfort and sustainability.

Mark Haslett, Partner-in-Charge of the project, said: “We are delighted, but not surprised, as Erne Campus is the world’s first educational – and currently the largest – Passive House Premium rated building, and the first UK building to achieve both PHP and BREEAM Outstanding accreditations.

“It 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.

“For example, 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 in London on 5th July, with the winners in three categories – Public Sector, Large Residential and Small Residential – 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.