The CDM (Construction Design and Management) regulations were updated in 2015, redefining the client’s Health and Safety responsibilities and creating a new mandatory role of ‘Principal Designer’ for all building projects. The domestic project exemptions under the previous regime have gone. The Principal Designer’s role is to coordinate and manage the design aspects of the project, in respect of Health and Safety. Noel has now completed the RIBA’s own Principal Designer training course and passed the associated exam.

In summary, the client for a project has a legal responsibility to ensure that the Health and Safety implications of his or her project are properly dealt with. The Principal Designer must coordinate and manage the design aspects, and convey information to the contractor who will carry out the work.  Noel Wright Architects are now accredited as  competent to carry out this function.

PH pass logo seals

Today I received my exam result from the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.  I have passed their exam and am now entitled to display the Certified Passivhaus Designer logo.

This was a tough three hour exam that I undertook in London following 2 weeks of training sessions.  Very pleased to receive my pass!


I hope this can be the start of a new chapter in the practice, bringing us up to date with the best, most reliable and effective methods and standards in building design to achieve exceptionally low energy  use with high standards of environmental comfort.

We have already obtained planning permission for a new house which is specifically intended to meet Passivhaus standards and hope to receive instructions to progress the detail design of this in the near future.

Here is the official photograph from the design awards ceremony, where we were awarded a commendation for the Temple Hill new house (see PORTFOLIO on website.

On the left Peter Waters of UCA, Farnham (from the judging panel), Noel Wright in the centre, and Richard Green (NWA Project Architect) on the right.Waverley awards 2015