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A FIRM providing environmentally-friendly building materials is calling for all UK new builds and refurbishment of existing properties to match the standards set by a revolutionary "green" building project in Denby Dale.

Green Building Store, based at Bolster Moor, has launched a 10-minute documentary - Future Passiv - which makes the case for all new buildings and refurbishments to take as their standard the Passivhaus approach to designing ultra low energy homes and buildings.

The film, presented by broadcaster Penney Poyzer, of BBC2's No Waste like Home, examines the Denby Dale development and outlines the advantages of the Passivhaus approach to low energy building.

It also features interviews with the owners of the house and looks at how Passivhaus design - which originates in Germany - is beginning to take off in the UK for housing association properties, schools, offices and community centres as well as private homes.

Passivhaus design can create buildings which use 90% less energy for space heating than standard UK buildings.

Based on the principle that cutting heating loss to the minimum is the most cost-effective way of creating a low carbon building, Passivhaus design relies on a simple "tea cosy" effect maximising the use of super-insulation and stringent airtightness.

Passivhaus also uses "passive solar gain" and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems to create healthy and comfortable buildings that require minimal heating.

The Future Passiv documentary is part of a larger film - Passivhaus low energy building in the UK - which includes a 60-minute technical film for building professionals, covering all stages of construction of the Denby Dale Passivhaus. With a foreword by environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt, the film sets out to offer the UK construction industry a template for building ultra low energy Passivhaus buildings using construction methods and materials familiar to UK builders and designers.

The documentary and technical film are available to view at Green Building Store's website www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk while a free technical briefing document is also available to those registering at www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk.

The films were made by student film-makers with sponsorship from Kirklees Council.

Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan said: "Kirklees Council is at the forefront of local government efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from buildings and we are delighted to have the low energy exemplar Denby Dale Passivhaus project within the Kirklees area.

"We are fortunate to be able to benefit from Green Building Store''s expertise in this exciting new approach to low energy construction and we hope that the Denby Dale Passivhaus will offer a template for the construction industry to help deal with the urgent problems of climate change and fuel poverty."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Oct 26, 2010
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