HEALTHY PASSIVE BUILDINGS: Reality and Lessons from Practice

The EAA and SEDA invite you to an afternoon to discuss and address how problems of polluted internal environments in low energy buildings can arise, and what can be done to address this. As we try to make our buildings to be highly air-tight to reduce energy consumption, are we making our interiors bad for us and the fabric of the structure? Is it something that can be managed, and are there ways to achieve both?


Janice Foster_ Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU)

Prof. Sandy Halliday_Gaia Research

Sam Foster_Sam Foster Architects

John Gilbert Architects & Stewart & Sheilds Building Contractors

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018
Time: 16.30 - 19.30
Venue: University of Edinburgh_David Hume Tower_Room LG.09_George Square_EH8 9JX

TICKETS: £20 Members_£30 Non-Members_£10 Concession_£0 Students


(Registration from 4pm)

The seminar brings together a group of key architects, engineers and constructors, researchers and teachers, who have been working to understand the issues in projects in Scotland. Their presentations will include:

The results of surveys of air quality in new low energy housing in Scotland, highlighting particular issues and lessons that need to be learnt

Research on best practice design guidance and innovative ventilation systems

Strategies for specification and design to maximize air quality in passive and low energy buildings

Lessons from contractors involved in passive design standard projects

You will have the chance to ask presenters questions, and discuss possible ways forward. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.


Sam is the principal of Sam Foster Architects, a practice specialising in ecological design and a focus specifically on creating truly green buildings and sustainable spaces. Experienced lecturer on sustainable practice for conferences, and deliverer of lecture programmes for Local Authorities and Universities.

Janice Foster CEng MCIBSE, MSc Arch, BEng (Hons), CEPH

Janice is an Environmental Services Engineer, and holds an MSc in Advanced Environment and Energy Studies from the Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology. She is a chartered engineer and qualified Passive House designer with eight years of experience of designing mechanical building services for sustainable award winning projects in Scotland. Janice now works as a researcher at the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) in Glasgow, where her current work focuses on the performance gap identified through building performance evaluation (BPE) and post occupancy evaluation on new and existing dwellings.

Professor Sandy Halliday Liddell

Sandy is a chartered engineer & Principal of Gaia Research, which she founded (1995) to develop sustainable solutions for the built environment. Sandy’s first degree in Engineering Design & Appropriate Technology (1982- 1985) focussed on socially & environmentally responsible engineering. She initially worked in the design of socially useful products and moved into the building sector as a research manager to develop & disseminate information on passive design, resource efficient & clean technologies, healthy buildings, & benign construction processes, products & materials. Her practical experience is well documented in research publications and in her Code of Practice for Buildings & their Services (1994), The Green Guide to the Architects Job Book (1999), Sustainable Construction (2008) and The Sustainability Guide to the Plan of Work 2013 (2016)

Mark Shields, Stewart and Shields

Mark is a Director of Stewart and Shields, a long established contractor based in Helensburgh, who have worked extensively with John Gilbert Architects and other firms on a number of low energy and passive standard projects, including the A’Chrannag housing in Rothesay, regarded at the time as one of the most energy efficient buildings in Europe.

Chris Antoniou, Architect, John Gilbert Architects

Chris has over ten years’ practical experience including retrofit and newbuild social housing from £5m to £40m. He has particular experience of mainstream and wheelchair-accessible design, Housing for Varying Needs and Designing for Dementia. He is currently working closely with Stewart & Shields as a design advisor on a Passivhaus social housing development for Shettleston Housing Association in Glasgow

Last modified at 9:36am on Fri 25th January 2019