From PassivHaus to zero-carbon design strategies – what are the key elements?

Proposed RIBA Curriculum Topic: Design, construction and technology

The direction of travel for the built environment is towards sustainability but what are the different approaches and standards that will make sure the buildings designed today make the best possible contribution to a low-carbon future?  From buildings which are designed to PassivHaus standards all the way through to ones which are net-zero carbon there are a number of different approaches and design strategies to choose from.

Course Content

This seminar will cover:

  • Overview of different approaches to minimising carbon through considered design
  • Benefits of PassivHaus
    • Key lessons from previous projects
  • Zero-carbon design approaches
    • Counting and reducing carbon embodied in the construction process
    • Helping clients reduce energy consumption
  • Q&A

Speaker info

Paul McAlister is Director of Paul McAlister Architects and is the first architect in Northern Ireland to be certified as a “Certified European Passive House Designer” with the Passive House Institute in Germany.  The practice has completed three certified Passive House projects and won a 2016 RSUA Design Award for the Passive House Certified Crest Centre in Enniskillen.  Paul is also a registered RIBA Conservation Registrant.