Research and Development

The BRE Trust supports over 70 PhD’s throughout the UK and has been actively involved in the research and development of the Passivhaus standard since its inception in the UK. Our research and development work encompasses three core strands: internal research and development, academic research, live project consultancy and monitoring. 

Internal Research and Development

A number of R & D projects have been undertaken internally by BRE to ensure the smooth delivery of the Passivhaus standard in the UK.  Recent development includes:

    • Generation of the UK regional climate data sets for use throughout the UK and for inclusion in PHPP
    • An English Treated Floor Area (TFA) Standard for use as a UK Standard in Passivhaus assessment and certification
    • Development of a Welsh timber framed Certified Passivhaus window system through BRE Wales and South West and partners


Academic research

BRE support the work of a number of professors, lecturers and student researchers at academic institutions across the UK.  Those actively involved in Passivhaus research include Cardiff University, Bath University and Strathclyde University. Recent research projects in this area include:

  • Moisture transfer and thermal conductivity studies of the construction materials used in the Ebbw Vale Larch house
  • Thermal modelling of prototype Passivhaus windows for the Ebbw Vale Lime house
  • Research into new methods of generating UK climate data
  • Implications of regional climatic data for design sensitivity and optimisation
  • Innovative data logging and monitoring protocols for the Ebbw Vale Passivhaus projects

Completed projects and monitoring

  • Research in to offsite Passivhaus panel construction
  • Design optimisation of the Welsh Passivhaus projects using locally sourced materials and labour
  • TSB and EU funded post construction review and monitoring of the Ebbw Vale projects
  • EuroPHit,

Research and Development