Denby Dale Passivhaus: 10 years on

Denby Dale Passivhaus

2020 sees another big milestone for Green Building Store as it is the 10 year anniversary of the certification of the Denby Dale Passivhaus project. The project was one of the UK’s first Passivhaus projects and was the first to be built using cavity wall construction and was the subject of the Passivhaus Diaries blogs in BUILDING magazine. The project was a design and build project for Green Building Store’s construction division with Green Building Store as the Passivhaus consultant working alongside architect Derrie O’Sullivan.

Denby Dale Passivhaus Kirklees Mayor visit

Denby Dale Passivhaus visit by the Mayor of Kirklees 

Chris Herring, Director of Green Building Store, commented on the 10 year milestone: Denby Dale was and still is our flagship Passivhaus project. We learnt a huge amount during its planning and construction. It was a very intense period in all our lives and it was great to work with Geoff and Kate so closely during that time. As a company, Denby Dale probably helped us get through the last recession because of the publicity and interest it generated. We’re immensely proud of it and delighted that it continues to deliver and perform as it was designed.”

Bill Butcher, Director of Green Building Store, commented: Denby Dale was the first Passivhaus to be built using cavity wall construction in the UK. Over the last 10 years we have seen many more being built with similar detailing, showing that the vernacular masonry construction can be adapted for the needs of low energy construction. Our building team did a brilliant job then and have continued to show their Passivhaus expertise ever since – it is now in their DNA.”
Kate Tunstall, owner of the Denby Dale Passivhaus said: “It still works!! It feels comfortable and serene. The average annual gas usage (heating, hot water and cooking) is 3300kWh, with an annual gas bill of £200 last year. I feel privileged to live in such an efficient house. However, there is still a block in the knowledge of the wider public, and a lack of acknowledgment at Government level. It is a source of frustration that Passivhaus is not standard construction, especially for social housing. We will just have to keep on plugging it!”


Read Kate’s blog and reflections on Living in the Denby Dale Passivhaus: 10 years on


FREE Resources on the Denby Dale Passivhaus project


60 minute technical film:


‘Future Passiv’ 10 minute overview film: 

Read the  blogs and download the technical briefing on the project


3rd June 2020

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