The world’s very first airtight pub is now open for business in Cambridgeshire. Yep, we made a bar.
After working with Passivhaus building standards for some years, you begin to look at the world around you with new eyes. You spot opportunities to optimise venues, using what’s already there to be a brand new source of energy. As a place that attracts significant groups of people — when permitted — bars became a curious fascination for our team. Not only are they a wonderful place to drink beer, but they’re also an untapped resource of body warmth that every venue, until now, has let go to waste.
What is an airtight bar?
An airtight bar is a place that uses an airtight membrane to stop air leakage. This allows you to retain the warmth inside. The warm bodies enjoying their beer, the fridges, appliances, lightbulbs and the other bits and pieces that need to be on to run the pub turn into energy to keep the place warm.
By eliminating air leakage, the bar becomes an ultra-low energy consumer requiring only about 10 per cent of what a standard bar would need for energy. When you eliminate the need for heating, you cut out a pretty hefty chunk of your energy bill.
That’s right. The airtight bar does not use any heaters. It works simply with the energy captured from the people and appliances to keep the venue warm. If you’re thinking, “Umm gross”, don’t worry. Ventilation is a core strategy in the airtight building. A heat recovery ventilator allows you to keep in the warmth while also pumping out fresh air, so you’re not sitting in a stale beer and body atmosphere.
The airtight bar heats itself. Hopefully, it’s the beginning of a trend toward smarter design for less energy consumption.
For a deeper dive into airtightness — how it works and what it does for a building — you can check our “What is airtightness?” article.
How about the customer experience?
Given this bar is a world first, we decided to bring in some big weights to contribute to the interior design. We also wanted to use the exposure to support a good cause.
For the bar, we worked with other world leaders in eco and innovative design. There were no other options in our mind beyond the designer and creator of the world’s most beautiful 3D textured walls, Mario Romano, and countertop designers, Corian from Los Angeles.
As of the 26th of April, these creations were officially installed, making the bar an attraction of its very own.
For the beer, we partnered with Brew Board to create a charity beer range, Phuck Off Beer, which is running parallel to our Phuck Off Cancer campaign in which all proceeds from the beer and our Phuck Off Cancer goods will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation
Book now and discover the world of Intelligent Membranes and Passivhaus over a cold one!
This bar is not open to the general public and unfortunately, the alcohol is not for sale. But book you and/or your team in via email and while we teach you the in’s and out’s of our products, Passivhaus and our services at our Passivhaus bar training facility, we would feel obliged to pour you a cold one! Learning has never been better!
Follow us on social media for updates on the big bash, or book an appointment for a casual drink to enjoy the world’s first airtight bar — warmed by you and your buddies.