MVHR supplier to RIBA Stirling Prize winning project

Goldsmith St Stirling Prize winner 2019. Photo: Tim Crocker

Photo: Tim Crocker

Green Building Store has been a key product supplier to the eco-friendly council estate in Norwich which scooped this year’s prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture, announced this Tuesday. Green Building Store supplied and commissioned the MVHR ventilation systems for the project’s 105 ultra low-energy homes.

The Royal Institute of British Architects gives out the award each year to the UK’s best new building. The estate, called Goldsmith Street, was designed by architects Mikhail Riches – with Cathy Hawley – for Norwich City Council and all homes meet the rigorous Passivhaus low energy building standard.

Alan Jones, RIBA president, said:

“Faced with a global climate emergency, the worst housing crisis for generations and crippling local authority cuts, Goldsmith Street is a beacon of hope. It is commended not just as a transformative social housing scheme and eco-development, but a pioneering exemplar for other local authorities to follow.”

Green Building Store was part of a team involved with delivering the mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR)  systems for the project. Green Building Store supplied the MVHR systems for the project, working closely with consultants from WARM and Greengauge consultancies who provided M&E and Environmental Services and full technical design in partnership.  Green Building Store staff were also regularly on site in Norwich commissioning and testing the MVHR systems,  ensuring that they met the Passivhaus certification requirements.

Bill Butcher, Director of Green Building Store said: “Huge congratulations to Norwich Council and Mikhail Riches for this well-deserved award. We’re really proud to have been part of the team delivering the project. We’re delighted that Passivhaus low energy building is getting a higher profile thanks to projects like Goldsmith St. We want other local authorities, like our own council Kirklees, to follow this excellent example. Passivhaus design creates comfortable and affordable homes for all and should be adopted as part of national Building Regulations.”

Read more about the Goldsmith Street project:


Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling. They are built with meticulous attention to detail and rigorous design and construction according to principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany, and can be certified through an exacting quality assurance process.

More on the international Passivhaus low energy building standard:

Green Building Store has a mission to make buildings more energy efficient and promotes the Passivhaus low energy building standard, which offers tried and tested solutions for the radical reduction of carbon emissions from buildings.  Green Building Store supplies a wide range of specialist building products for Passivhaus and low energy buildings.


9th October 2019

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