Open day at Passivhaus retrofit project

The pioneering Passivhaus retrofit of a derelict farm building to create a visitor and education centre at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield, is nearing completion and will be open to the public on Sunday 1st September 2013 (11am – 3pm).

The design & build project, led by Passivhaus firm Green Building Store, is transforming the draughty barn into the ultra efficient ‘Cre8 Barn’ centre. A super-insulated timber frame structure has been built inside the existing Victorian stone building, preserving the outward appearance of the barn, whilst aiming for the ultra low energy Passivhaus retrofit (EnerPHit*) standard.

The open day is free of charge and will allow visitors to explore the Cre8 Barn and experience the warmth and comfort of Passivhaus construction for themselves. Green Building Store staff will be on hand to explain the construction methods used at the barn, assisted by displays and factsheets on the project. Children’s activities will also be available throughout the day exploring insulation & Passivhaus principles in a fun, hands-on way.

The Cre8 barn has been refurbished for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust using a grant of £300,000 awarded by The Veolia Environmental Trust, through the Landfill Communities Fund. The project is one of four Veolia Cre8 schemes across the UK. It will be an education centre for the many volunteers and visitors to the farm.

For more information and to register for free technical briefing on the Stirley Farm EnerPHit project, go to: www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk/enerphit