24 May '16, 2pm

Whats next for #Passivhaus in Birmingham? @mark_elton picks out highlights from @AcivicoLtd event held this month

Emma Osmundsen, Housing Development Manager at Exeter City Council and arguably the closet thing we have to those German politicians, gave another inspiring overview of Exeter’s enviable portfolio of climate-change ready, biologically-healthy, Passivhaus developments. Whereas the first generation developments had an uplift of 20% over conventional build costs, their latest projects, including a large ‘extra care’ residential home and a leisure centre , were being budgeted with no uplift at all. She had important lessons that were winning over the hearts and minds of Exeter’s Councillors: growing confidence that Passivhaus performs (some social housing residents have had zero heating costs!) and a strong economic case, based on the understanding that revenue incomes would pay back capital development costs in just over a decade and that the security of low operational costs...

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