Faculty of Engineering

University of Nottingham student honoured at the 2015 UK Passivhaus Conference

Chenglei Sheng presented with the Passivhaus Student Competition award.

Chenglei Sheng, from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment was the winner of the Passivhaus Student Competition 2015 sponsored by Tarmac.

Chenglei’s scheme, named Multi-Beeston, was developed in the master level studio ‘Sustainability and Resilience through Design’ run by Dr Lucelia Rodrigues during the second semester. 

Urban planning and building design affect human and natural systems, and therefore require an approach that reflects the interdependencies inherent within these social-ecological structures in order to build resilience and sustainability. These interdependencies were the focus of this studio, explored through a ‘live’ project: the redevelopment of Beeston in Nottinghamshire. The studio was supported by the Broxtowe Borough Council.

The projects had to demonstrably meet the Passivhaus principles, a stringent standard for energy efficient buildings. The Passivhaus standard has been identified as the ideal vehicle to explore the site challenges because of the simplicity of its approach and clearer relationship with design decisions. The standard is flexible allowing the students to explore throughout the project the relationship between design and performance in terms of comfort and energy efficiency.

The judges said of Chenglei’s work: “the masterplan for the regeneration of Beeston links with important landmarks, and has appropriate scale and presence to the new tram; a methodical Passivhaus approach to a detailed design for an iconic new build consisting of student accommodation was developed to meet the Standard”. A summary poster of Mr Sheng’s work can be seen online

The work of Sabrina Mostofa, also of the same group, was Highly Commended.

Posted on Thursday 5th November 2015

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