Passivhaus Designer Course Syllabus

Fundamentals of Passivhaus (1 day)

This course introduces the principles behind the Passivhaus standard and methodologies for a variety of building types and the use of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) for achieving low energy performance.

Science of Passivhaus (2 days)

This course addresses the fundamental physics of heat loss and gain and shows how each of the required values can be calculated. It also looks at what is necessary for thermal comfort. It deals with the energy balance of windows, the energy balance of the whole building, and how to calculate the remaining heating requirement. The course deals with the primary energy requirement for the whole building, i.e. hot water, appliances and lighting. This is a course for those who want to understand the physics of energy in buildings.

Construction of Passivhaus (1 day)

How do I build a Passivhaus? How is it different from normal construction? This course answers these questions, along with some specific guidance on achieving the level of airtightness and thermal bridge-free construction required by the standard. It also looks at the contractual side and suggests ways that care in the allocation of responsibility can help achieve your goal.

Building Services for Passivhaus (2 days)

The course majors on all aspects of ventilation design, from concepts through to calculation. It then moves on to the choice of heating system, the provision of hot water, and calculations of lighting appliances and Primary Energy, with reference to the inputs required in the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP).

PHPP (2 days)

This practical, hands-on course will provide energy consultants, technical building designers and architects with the skills necessary to design low energy/CO2 buildings to AECB standards using the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP). Delegates will need to bring a laptop with mouse, pre-loaded with a copy of the PHPP software for this course.

The latest version of PHPP and manual can be purchased from the AECB for £135 (plus VAT). Please ask for details when booking your place on the course by phone.

Exam and Revision (1.5 days)

The revision course is an opportunity to consolidate your understanding by working through calculation tasks as a group, and to ask questions about specific aspects that you need further help on. The revision course and the exam are included in the fee for the Passivhaus Designer course. Please contact us for prices for retaking the exam.

For further information, or to book a place on the course, please contact Ingrid Bravo on 01752 542 546, or email training