Morrison helps Passivhaus Trust with steel guidance

Topic Sustainability, Carbon

Date 05 Apr 2022

Morrison Construction is strengthening its links with the Passivhaus Trust, as part of a steering group helping to develop new ways of adapting the carbon-reducing principles of Passivhaus to steel-frame commercial settings.

The business delivered Scotland’s first public early years building constructed and certified to the Passivhaus standard at Blackridge Early Years Centre in 2021, and has continued to work with the Trust, where the business is a Patron member, to expand its learning in this area ever since.

Reflecting the Galliford Try group’s Sustainable Growth Strategy, Morrison Construction is committed to achieving net zero carbon across its own operations by 2030, and across all activities by 2045 at the latest.

Passivhaus is a long-recognised system of principles that has been used to create zero carbon homes through energy efficient buildings. The Passivhaus standards are being applied to a greater variety of construction settings, with the system being one of the preferred methods of the Scottish Government for creating a lower-carbon built environment.

Now, the same partnership has seen the business contributing to a new working guidance document about using Passivhaus principles in steel construction. The latest guidance is a precursor to a full white paper document to be published later this year.

Allan Smith, Morrison Construction’s Low Carbon Manager, commented: “We have learned so much since we started to adopt the Passivhaus principles into our low carbon thinking a few years ago. It’s fantastic that our understanding is now so mature that we can help share our experience on best practice on how to apply the principles in commercial construction settings, and be at the forefront of the drive to reduce carbon in our built environment.”

The guidance can be found at the Passivhaus Trust website here >>>