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Weissenseer PassivHaus school opens in Kent 

10. May 2010

Weissenseer Holz-System-Bau GmbH has recently completed a prefabricated, low-energy building for Hadlow College together with their UK partner, Eurobuild.  

Eurobuild designed and built the Rural Regeneration Centre for Hadlow College, one of the UK’s top three agricultural colleges.

Built to PassivHaus standards using Weissenseer’s super-insulated closed panels, the building is likely to be the most energy efficient educational building in Britain, with less than 15kWh/m2 heat energy use per year and an air-tight envelope resulting in air leakage rates of just 0.34 h-1.

This matches the PassivHaus standard: a rigorous building code developed in Germany that results in 90% energy savings over a standard building. Eurobuild will be monitoring the energy usage of the building over the next three years to learn from actual building use and energy consumption.

In addition, the building incorporates a number of sustainable technologies including mechanical ventilation with heat recovery from Drexel & Weiss ; triple glazing from Internorm ; a ground source heat pump; waterless urinals & low flush toilets and low-energy T5 lighting throughout. Dense concrete block internal walls have also been used to increase thermal mass and absorb the solar gain from the large southern facade.

The panels were made in the Weissenseer factory and transported by Eurobuild directly to the site near Tonbridge in Kent. The building was erected in only three days and was made air-tight and weatherproof in ten days.

The Weissenseer factory is ultra compact and one of the most advanced timber frame facilities in the world. "Building Intelligent Skins" is the doctrine of this innovative Austrian company based in Carinthia.
Eurobuild with Weissenseer are now working to deliver more PassivHaus projects in the UK with a number of residential and commercial projects in the pipeline.  

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