passive house design course

Passive House Design

Passive design refers to those fixed elements of building design that contribute to its energy use, such as the shape, size and orientation of the building and the construction of the building envelope, in particular its insulation and air-tightness.

A home designed to Passive House (Passive Haus) standards has a low demand for space heating and cooling, have low overall energy use, be extremely air tight, and be thermally comfortable. Passive houses are planned using the passive house planning package (PHPP).

This Passive House Design training consistently attracts high student ratings and may be taken at any time.

When paying for this course a % discount code on this listed price is available to the first 30 students to enrol. This discount is only valid to Thursday 23 May 2019.

Learning Objectives

In this Passive House Design Course you’ll learn how to design a house that meets the Passive House requirements, how to use the PHPP, and as a project will be designing a home that meets the Passive House space heating and primary energy requirements.

What is covered during the training

  • The Passive House criteria
  • An introduction to energy modelling
  • Examples of homes built to Passive House standard
  • Thermal bridging
  • Foundations and slabs
  • Walls, windows and doors
  • Roofs
  • Mechanical systems concepts
  • Building science
  • Limitations of passive house
  • Use of a tool that interfaces with and simplifies input into the PHPP
  • Lots of reference material and resources

The course has six modules will take 5 to 6 weeks to complete on a part time basis.


You must be able to use Microsoft Excel.

Learning Credits

10 PHIUS CPHC CEUs, 17.5 Building Performance Institute (BPI) CEUs, 10 AIA LU/HSW Credits, 6 GBCI credits (LEED Professionals)


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