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Upcoming Courses

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Hereford – September
London – November
Plymouth – February/March
London – May/June
Hereford – September
London – November

How to Book

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Our Next Course – Hereford September 2019

Starts: Monday 9th September

Time: 9am – 5pm each day, over 2 non-consecutive weeks

Location: HARC (Hereford Archives and Records Centre), Hereford HR2

Our venue HARC is a certified Passivhaus building, offering you the opportunity to experience Passivhaus building at first-hand while you study. We also arrange a number of site visits to some exciting local community and residential Passivhaus projects during the two weeks.


£2,500 + VAT discounted price for AECB/PHT members. Standard cost £2,800 + VAT.

Not a member? Join the AECB here from £50+VAT to benefit from lower course fees.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need a copy of PHPP software for the PHPP module and exam. The PHPP 9 software costs from £135 + VAT and can be purchased directly from the AECB website here.

We also offer discounted prices for multiple bookings – if you are a company looking to send two or more employees on the same course at the same time, please get in touch for details of our bulk booking price offer.

Got a question? Contact the Training Team on 01752 542 546 or email training @peterwarm.co.uk or view our FAQs

General Course Information

Guiding you through the process of becoming a Certified Passivhaus Designer/Consultant and giving you the confidence to tackle UK Passivhaus projects.

The course is aimed principally at building professionals in the UK and prepares delegates for taking the Certified European Passivhaus Designer qualification. It introduces the principles behind the Passivhaus standard and methodologies and the use of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) for achieving low energy performance, with teaching firmly based on UK building examples. The AECB CarbonLite Programme is designed to prepare delegates not only for the exam but for future involvement in very low energy building projects.


Our course is aimed at architects, builders, building engineers and others who want to learn how to design and deliver real low-energy buildings.

To successfully complete the full course and exam, you will need to have some knowledge of UK construction systems, an ability to read building plans and an understanding of algebra.

Delegates who do not wish to take the exam can opt to take specific modules only to enhance their learning in particular areas.
CarbonLite Passivhaus designer training

Why Choose the AECB CarbonLite Passivhaus Designer Course?

  • Guiding you – friendly trainers and small groups encourage a great learning experience
  • Understand and apply key principles – designed to give you skills and knowledge to integrate into your working life from day 1.
  • Prepare you for the exam – dedicated revision day, our own practice exam paper, 30 pages of worked examples to take away
  • Interesting and exciting – we visit real Passivhaus projects
  • Sociable – we encourage delegates to support each other and organise meals out for networking
  • If you don’t pass first time – we offer a free session to review your exam paper

Our Material

  • UK focused – 100% rewritten, rather than using the more generic European CEPH material taught by others
  • UK examples – from the UK domestic and non-domestic sector
  • Up to date – we continually update our material and teach V9 PHPP
  • Modular – sit our course in one go, or as separate modules to suit your availability and finances
  • Exercises – lots of exercises used to continually affirm and test understanding
  • Online  – we have included the introduction to thermal bridges as a complementary course.

Our Trainers

Biographies on the Meet the Trainers page.

  • UK experts – our trainers are the experts who are actually successfully designing/ building Passivhaus buildings in the UK
  • Highly experienced trainers – amongst others, Bill Butcher, Eric Parks, Mark Siddall, Alan Clarke, Sally Godber,  Will South and Nick Grant. Not to mention Peter Warm and the rest of the WARM staff who have supported over 200 buildings in low energy design, and are Passivhaus certifiers.
  • Variety of experience – our collective experience includes non-domestic building, large residential schemes and real Passivhaus construction experience

Our Venues

  • London – Saint Gobain Multi Comfort Visitor Centre, Great Portland Street
  • Hereford – Hereford Archive and Records Centre, HARC – Certified Passivhaus Building.
  • Plymouth – Ocean Studios at The Royal William Yard
  • Bespoke Courses – we regularly run bespoke courses for companies who need specialist training. Please get in touch if this is of interest to you.

2019 Training Dates

Hereford 19

Week 1    9th – 12th Sept
Week 2    23rd – 27th Sept
Exam    11th October

London 19B

Week 1    4th – 7th Nov
Week 2    18th – 22nd Nov
Exam    7th December

2020 Training Dates

Plymouth 20

Week 1    10th – 13th Feb
Week 2    24th – 28th Feb
Exam    21st March

London 20A

Week 1    18th – 21st May
Week 2    8th – 12th June
Exam    27th June

Hereford 20

Week 1    7th – 10th Sept
Week 2    21st – 25th Sept
Exam    9th October

London 20B

Week 1    2nd – 5th Nov
Week 2    16th – 20th Nov
Exam    4th December


Week 1

Monday – Fundamentals
Tuesday – Science Day 1 including site visit
Wednesday – Science Day 2
Thursday – Construction
Friday – No session

Week 2

Monday – Building Services Day 1 including site visit
Tuesday – Building Services Day 2
Wednesday – Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) Day 1
Thursday – Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) Day 2
Friday – Revision day

Additional: Online Therm course


Full Course
£2500 + VAT for AECB/Passivhaus Trust members
£2800 + VAT for non-members

Early Bird Discount
There is an additional £400 Early Bird Discount for AECB/PHT members booking at least 6 weeks in advance. Secure your place with a 10% deposit.

AECB Membership
You can join the AECB from £50 + VAT for individuals.
Joining information and company rates can be found on the AECB website.

Individual Modules
One-day module: £350 + VAT for AECB/Passivhaus Trust members (£400 + VAT for non-members)
Two-day module: £700 + VAT for AECB/Passivhaus Trust members (£800 + VAT for non-members)

PHPP 9 Software
The PHPP 9 software costs from £135 + VAT. You will need to purchase it directly from the AECB.

THERM Course
An online course which sits alongside the Passivhaus Designer training. Although not part of the PHI exam, we recommend taking it as a complementary course, so we also include the online THERM course in the course fees for delegates booking the full Passivhaus Designer course. Online THERM includes one year’s access to the Moodle course and a nominal 2 hours support by email. The THERM software is free.

You can also book THERM separately as a standalone course for £200 + VAT

Got a question? Contact the Training Team on 01752 542 546 or email training @peterwarm.co.uk

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