Passivhaus is the world’s leading standard in high performance buildings. Applicable to any building typology, Passivhaus targets thermal comfort and superior energy efficiency in one of the best win-win approaches to design — with energy savings of up to 90% compared with new building standards.

HIP V. HYPE is the Passivhaus certifier for the Clifton Hill Primary School expansion, working together with the Victorian Schools Building Authority (VSBA) and Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCBA).


Victorian Schools Building Authority


Certification & Compliance


Clifton Hill, VIC


Courtesy of Victorian Schools Building Authority


Set to be the first VSBA project to achieve Passivhaus certification, Clifton Hill Primary School uses mass timber hybrid construction for a lower carbon footprint. A visible Photovoltaic (PV) array to the roof terrace not only provides power for the School, but also offers students an opportunity to learn and see sustainability in action. The Passivhaus Standard provides a healthy indoor environment to facilitate learning, while ultra-low operational energy safeguards the future of young occupants.

  • Design Stage; Review Passivhaus calculations and thermal envelope
  • Milestone Stage; Comprehensive check of performance and thermal bridge review
  • Completion; Final certification review, submission to Passivhaus Institute
  • Energy savings of 90%
  • Improved air quality
  • High-levels of thermal comfort
  • Self-maintained humidity and moisture
  • Healthy environment
  • Low energy bills