BE Passive Report

This report was commissioned by the Centre for the Built Environment (CBE), part of the Adapt Low Carbon Group at the University of East Anglia. CBE is a centre that draws upon a cluster of expertise on low energy and sustainable construction both within and outside UEA and is responsible for delivery of the Exemplar Low Carbon Building project funded by the EU Regional Development Fund, UEA and UK Government. As part of this funding CBE provides free business support through a series of bespoke CPD accredited seminars, webinars and other support showcasing the design, build and post-occupancy of the Exemplar Low Carbon Building which is targeting BREEAM Outstanding and Passivhaus Certification. See www.adaptcbe.co.uk for more details.

This report aims to disseminate to the Built Environment sector in the UK how Brussels as a region may offer a guide for a city or regional approach to developing a Passivhaus standard. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) combined with rising energy prices are all UK specific factors pointing towards a regional framework that can contribute towards a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

The region of East Anglia, particularly the area covered by the New Anglia LEP has an opportunity to be an exemplar Passivhaus region, The New Anglia LEP has been given Green Economy Pathfinder status1which means is the national leader on the green economy promoting, showcasing and recommending to government and businesses the work that is underway across Suffolk and Norfolk that can be implemented across the rest of the UK. The BE:Passive report owes its name and many of its case studies to the eponymous quarterly magazine that is published by the Belgian equivalent of the Passivhaus Trust, the Passiefthuis-Platform (PHP) and Plateform Masion Passive (PMP)

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