Nicola Thomas, Co-Owner of ARCH-angels Architects and Partner of ZSTa, attended the Passivhaus training course through the AECB in November 2014 and took the very challenging examination in December. She received notification today that she has successfully passed and Nicola Thomas is now a certified Passivhaus Designer.
Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of comfort for the occupants while using very little energy for heating and cooling; by maximising the use of super insulation, air tight construction and paying meticulous attention to the removal of thermal bridges. Combining this with passive solar gain, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems; Passivhaus design can create healthy and comfortable buildings.
By reaching this standard of accreditation ARCH-angels Architects and ZSTa, through Nicola’s expertise, are able to integrate these rigorous standards to the design and construction process of buildings where the client wishes to push the boundaries to reduce the ecological footprint, lower CO2 emissions and reduce their ongoing energy consumption. Generally used in new building design, the practice would like to apply these principles to refurbishments where appropriate.
Congratulations and well done from all the team!