SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training


Chryssa Thoua

PhD student, University College London

Project Title 

Total Performance of ‘Passivhaus’ Schools – Making Heritage Schools Fit for Purpose

Background & Summary of Project

The Passivhaus principles include: a) good levels of insulation with minimal thermal bridges, b) using passive solar gains and internal heat sources, c) excellent level of airtightness and d) good indoor air quality, provided by a whole building mechanical ventilation system with highly efficient heat recovery. This project aims to explore and compare the operational performance of contemporary schools built to the Passivhaus standard and of historic schools that are listed or with outstanding heritage characteristics, to analyse possible implications to retrofit of historic schools and to contemporary school buildings with the potential of becoming future heritage.