Participant Information

Project title:   LatamHaus: sustainable, healthy and affordable housing  .

We are a team of researchers at ImaginationLancaster research group at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. The research team’s members are:

We would like to invite you to take part in the LatamHaus Network. Please take time to carefully read the following information before deciding whether or not you wish to take part. If you have any questions about the project or wish to discuss your involvement, please contact us.


What is the study about?

The network will consist of a series of three workshops to discuss the uptake of the Passivhaus Standard in the Mexican Housing market as a solution to deliver low-carbon emissions and good indoor air quality. These workshops will be driven by building professionals and academics and will centre on three different main themes:

  • Introduction to the Passivhaus, the Mexican & Latin American context.
  • Challenges and barriers for implementation.
  • Scalable and replicable solutions.

The aim of establishing this network is to set the ground for potential collaborations between the network members and reduce the bridge between professionals, academics and policymakers. As such, we will collect ideas to develop research collaborations between Lancaster University and the partners of this network. Additionally, the network will promote other capacity building activities related to the Passivhaus in Latin America, which you could opt to hear about in the consent form. These activities are independent of the workshops that we are inviting you to. You don’t need to part in any other activities in order to participate in the workshops.

Each workshop would take about 2 hours. You will be sent information on the workshop and consent form. You would have to sign electronically and return it to us before the workshop. We will provide the details to access each of the workshops individually to every participant with at least two weeks of anticipation and the day before each workshop.


Why have I been invited?

We are invited because of your knowledge, experience, and interest make you an ideal participant. Your contribution will add value to these workshops. You could also have been invited through our research partner, the Latin American Passivhaus Institute (ILAPH), or because you are a member of their network.


What will I be asked to do if I take part?

If you decide to participate, you will agree to attend the three workshops on the 14 of June, 29 of June and 13 of July from 09:15 to 11:30 (Mexico City time zone), which will take place online through Microsoft Teams. Also, on these 2-hour workshops, you will be asked to express your opinions and ideas on how we could tackle each theme’s issues from the perspective of low-carbon homes, indoor air quality, and Passivhaus Standard.

During the workshops, two invited speakers will give a short talk to set the context for the discussions and interactions. After this, another member of the team will facilitate an interactive session over a whiteboard platform (i.e. Jamboard) where you will be asked to write your points of view and discuss with other participants your ideas.


What are the possible benefits of taking part?

While by participating in the workshop, does not have a tangible or direct benefit, you will join an interdisciplinary network of collaboration to develop low-carbon homes and develop air quality awareness. You will have the opportunity to express your ideas and establish links with people with similar interests. Furthermore, the points of views and ideas from the discussions will be used to develop and attract external funding to develop further research projects and Passivhaus projects on which you could participate if you are interested.


Do I have to take part?

Your participation is voluntary. It is entirely your own decision to take part in the workshops; we encourage you to participate and engage actively in the activities of the network.


What if I change my mind?

If you change your mind, you are free to withdraw at any time during your participation in this study. If you want to withdraw, please let me know, and I will extract any ideas or information you contributed to the study and destroy them. However, it is difficult and often impossible to take out data from one specific participant when this has already been anonymised or pooled together with other people’s data. Therefore, you can only withdraw up to 2 weeks after taking part in the study.


What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

We see no disadvantages or risks in taking part in the workshops, much different from your day-to-day activities. As the activities will be carried online, there may be minimum discomfort or inconvenience to physical related issues similar to those you may face working on your desk. Your participation will take about 2 hours of your time on the workshops.

We anticipate having some discussions about how buildings are used as well as the challenges and barriers for the Passivhaus adoption, including household air pollution. We encourage you to discuss these issues in general terms rather than individual to minimise sensitive issues. You will also need to consider that you will be interacting with other participants.


Will my data be identifiable?

You will be asked to consent to any information given by you during the workshops used in future reports, academic articles, publications, blog articles, research proposals and other academic outputs. However, the data will be anonymised. You will not be identified or named on any of these outputs unless you explicitly asked us to do it in writing.

Your contributions and the discussions take part in a workshop format and other participants may be aware of your involvement. Therefore, we will also ask you to agree on keeping confidential the information about other participants interactions. The research team will never share any personal information or data that could identify your participation.


How will we use the information you have shared with us and what will happen to the results of the research study?

The information, views, ideas, and feedback from the workshop will be gathered and transcribed. It will be used in future reports, academic articles, publications, blog articles, research proposals and other academic outputs.


How my data will be stored?

The data collected from the workshop, audio, and visual recording will be stored securely to a password-protected location on the OneDrive online storage systems at Lancaster University. This will be accessed only by the research team, who will be the only ones to have access to it. The transcribed data, according to the University guidelines, will be stored securely for ten years.

You will also be offered two options for the recording of your participation in the workshop session on Microsoft Teams. You can opt for video and audio recording of your session or opt for only audio recording of your participation (Questions 2 and 3 on the consent form). The audio or audio and video recordings of the workshop will be transferred immediately after the workshop’s end to an access-protected location at OneDrive at Lancaster University. The Microsoft Teams recordings will then be immediately deleted from Microsoft Teams. The information noted during the workshop on the Jamboard (online whiteboard platform) will be transcribed on the same day and deleted from the platform.

For further information about how Lancaster University processes personal data for research purposes and your data rights, please visit our webpage: www.lancaster.ac.uk/research/data-protection


If you have any queries or if you are unhappy with anything that happens concerning your participation in the network, please contact any member of our research team.

If you have any concerns or complaints that you wish to discuss with a person who is not directly involved in the research, you can also contact Professor Judith Mottram, Director of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA).


This study has been reviewed and approved by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Lancaster Management School’s Research Ethics Committee.


Please take your time to read the information above, if you have any questions please contact us. If you are happy with the information, please fill the consent form and your detail information.