A Passive House world first for NI construction

The Passive House Institute in Germany has confirmed South West College’s New Erne Campus is the world’s first educational, and currently the largest, Passive House Premium rated building.

Pictured at the new £30 million Erne Campus in Enniskillen to celebrate becoming world’s first educational building to achieve Passive House Premium design status are Michael McAlister, Chief Executive, South West College, Minister for the Economy, Diane Dodds and Tomás O’Leary, Managing Director of MosArt.

Designed by Hamilton Architects and constructed by local firm Tracey Brothers Limited, the four-storey campus is fully funded by the Department for the Economy and will accommodate in excess of 800 full-time students, 2,000 part-time students and 120 staff when it opens in September 2021.

The 8,200 square-metre new build project is also the first building in the UK to achieve both Passive House Premium and BREEAM outstanding accreditations.

Tomás O’Leary Managing Director of MosArt Architects who guided the project to achieve the Passive House standard said, “It has been a great honour for the MosArt team to guide this project towards what is without doubt the most demanding energy efficiency standard on the planet. Congratulations to everyone involved, especially the leadership team at South West College who had the vision to set out on this challenging road.”