We’re proud to have carried out projects in various countries, in both new-build and retrofit, promoting the development of sustainable construction and contributing to the creation of comfortable, healthy and energy efficient space.
2023, a year of challenges and achievements: 6 flagship Passivhaus certification and consultancy projects
Over the course of last year we’re proud to have participated in both new-build and retrofit projects, helping promote the development of sustainable and low-carbon architecture.
We’ve been able to contribute to the creation of comfortable, healthy and energy efficient spaces, fostering a more conscious and responsible lifestyle.
2023 was an exciting year at Praxis, full of challenges and achievements. We’re proud to have carried out projects in various countries, in both new-build and retrofit, promoting the development of sustainable construction and contributing to the creation of comfortable, healthy and energy efficient spaces. Below are a selection of some of the most challenging projects we took part in over the course of 2023.
Passivhaus consultancy projects
At Praxis we are experts in applying passive and active design strategies that improve thermal comfort and reduce energy consumption in buildings. These are some of the projects we’ve taken part in during 2023:
Terrassahaus: multi-residential block of 14 homes in Terrassa
We delivered the Passivhaus design and consultancy, on-site supervision and Blower Door air tightness tests for this pioneering project in Terrassa city center that has achieved Passivhaus Classic Certification. This is the first multi-residential building with Passivhaus certification from the real estate developer Camoblico, and marks a before and after in the company’s trajectory.
ICONIC: high performance sports center in Andorra
Praxis carried out the design and Passivhaus consultancy for this ambitious project, together with thermodynamic simulation with Design Builder, to assess thermal comfort in critical areas. Designed by Engitec, the project is located at 2.500 meters above sea level and combines retrofit and new construction with prefabricated building enclosures that can be rapidly assembled during the window of summer months when construction is possible. It’s been by far one of the most complex projects we’ve taken part in, with extreme climate conditions and extensive facilities, including restaurants, industrial kitchens, sports spaces, heated technical pools and a residential area for athletes
Mirador de Gràcia: a nursing home in Barcelona
This is a large and complex 5000 m2 new-build nursing home, nestled in the hills above Barcelona. The project was designed by Genars and developed by FIATC, and is set to become their first elderly people’s residence to obtain Passivhaus Classic certification. We delivered Passivhaus design and consultancy, Blower Door air tightness tests and the site supervision.
Passivhaus building certifications
At Praxis Resilient Buildings we are official certifiers accredited by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany. These are some of the projects in which we’ve participated in over the course of the last year.
Passivhaus Premium certification in a single-family home in the Barcelona province
This beautiful home in Sant Pere de Ribes was designed by SgArq, a design and build practice based in Sitges that is firmly committed to delivering all projects to Passivhaus standard. The home achieved Passivhaus premium certification, the most demanding class of certification, generating around 5 times more energy than it consumes.
Passivhaus Classic social housing multi-residential building in Andorra
Over the course of 2023 we completed the Passivhaus project audit for this 3,500 m2 high-rise residential building, designed by architects Pau Iglesias and Jacint Gil, which includes commercial spaces on the ground floors and social housing above. The project is being developed by the Government of Andorra and is aiming for Passivhaus Classic certification, with completion set for late 2024.
EnerPHit Certification at the Aldabe community and sports center in the Basque Country
This retrofit project, designed by Energiehaus Arquitectos, includes offices, a theater, libraries, playroom, training classrooms and a sports center with an indoor heated pool and multi-sports hall. The project presents significant challenges due to the complexity of the building and the variety of uses. EnerPHit is the Passivhaus certification seal for the deep energy retrofitting of existing buildings.
SIf you want to check out some of the other projects we’ve been working on, have a look at our projects section. At Praxis, we help our clients create healthy, efficient and comfortable buildings with excellent air quality and minimal energy consumption, prepared for extreme weather conditions and immune from rocketing energy prices.