Your first point of contact for training enquiries is our friendly course management team.
Emma is the AECB CarbonLite Training Organiser. She has been working with WARM since 2015 and is dealing with the all training courses, particularly in-house and contractor courses. She works Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Ingrid is the AECB CarbonLite Training Organiser. She has been working with WARM since 2013 and she is dealing with the day to day organisation for the Designer and Bitesize courses. She works Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. .
Our trainers are time-served designers and engineers who have put Passivhaus principles at the heart of their practice. They continue to expand their knowledge on current projects and to pass on their experience to our delegates.
Director of Green Building Store and Green Building Company, Bill Butcher was project leader on the Denby Dale, Golcar and Kirkburton Passivhaus projects and a number of radical retrofits, including the Stirley Farm EnerPHit project. Originally trained as a quantity surveyor, he has over 45 years’ building experience, including construction of the Longwood low-energy house in the early 1990s.
Through his regular fortnightly Passivhaus diary blog, written for Building.co.uk, Bill sought to make Passivhaus construction methods accessible and easily understandable for the wider construction industry. Bill is also actively campaigning to introduce the Passivhaus approach in the UK and improve the regulatory framework to facilitate the uptake of Passivhaus design.
Alan Clarke is an energy and building services engineer specialising in Passivhaus design, building on long experience of low energy and ecological construction. His Passivhaus projects include individual and group housing, schools, community centres and offices.
In addition to design work he is involved in detailed monitoring of several of these projects which are now completed and occupied, learning invaluable lessons about the real life performance of low energy buildings.
Rupert has been Project Architect throughout the detailed design and construction stages on several projects with Collective Architecture in Glasgow over the last 12 years. He has recently completed Woodside Multi-storey refurbishment targeting Passivhaus EnerPHit standard, is Project Lead/ Passivhaus Designer at Dundashill to deliver 90 Passivhaus new build dwellings and Passivhaus team lead on a number of other live projects at Collective Energy. He has strong understanding of construction and a background in sustainable design and modern methods of construction.
Eric is a Passivhaus Consultant, a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and Chartered Environmentalist. For the past 20 years, his ‘day job’ mostly involved water supply & sanitation in low-income countries during which time he helped to co-found BushProof, an award-winning business based in Madagascar. After gaining experience through carrying out a deep retrofit on his own house between 2008-2010, he decided to retrain as a Passivhaus Consultant in order to help other homeowners struggling to do the same – this he does through his business ColdProof, which offers energy analysis, thermal bridge modelling, costing and project management. Eric is passionate about the need for retrofit in the UK – he knows that it’s a huge challenge with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, but knows that despite this it must happen nevertheless! This has been his motivation for helping Carbonlite to develop their Passivhaus Tradesperson course, which is an essential tool for training up building contractors in low energy construction.
Sally is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Passivhaus Certifier, a member of the UK Technical Panel reporting to the Passivhaus Institut, and is responsible for overseeing the CarbonLite Training. After starting a career in building services she decided it was far too easy going, so set up WARM with her Dad Peter, with the intention of channeling his invaluable knowledge of low energy construction, direct into the industry. She has vast experience in the design and construction of larger low energy residential and commercial buildings, as well as building services.
Sally’s lives in her self-build Certified Passivhaus home and she is in the process of a Stepwise EnerPHit of a café and holiday home; this practical experience has given her first hand insight into the reality of construction projects.
Nick Grant, the Principal of Elemental Solutions, is a sustainable building consultant with a lifelong passion for doing more with less. Nick has worked on several Passivhaus schools including some of the first in the UK. With Alan Clarke he is pioneering a new approach to Passivhaus archive and museum storage buildings. He has provided Passivhaus consultancy for numerous housing projects from low budget self-build to city flats and co-housing developments. He is a keen theoretician but also a practical engineer and self builder. He is the Technical Director of the Passivhaus Trust.
Sarah joined the Passivhaus Trust as their new Research and Policy Director in 2021. She is an architect and Passivhaus consultant who has been involved in the development of some of the UK’s largest Passivhaus schemes, and more recently, the first UK school aiming for EnerPHit certification. As a keen advocate for Passivhaus and equipped with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field, Sarah is also a published author of the best-selling book ‘PHPP illustrated’, a guide to the Passivhaus Planning Package tool. In recognition of her contribution to low energy architecture throughout her career, Sarah also holds achievements including the 2018 European Sustainability and Environmental Women of the Year, 2015 Constructing Excellence Achiever of the Year, and in 2013 she was listed by AJ as one of the Top 20 Women leading the way in sustainable architecture in the UK.
Kirsty is director of Kirsty Maguire Architect Ltd, an award winning Scottish based practice working worldwide – building low energy eco buildings, providing specialist passivhaus and low energy consultancy and delivering training. Kirsty has been working in passivhaus since around 2008 with this as the cornerstone of her practice for all building types and scales for new build and retrofit.
Caroline specialises in low energy building services design and energy modelling. She has been working on Passivhaus buildings with WARM since 2013, having previously worked as a building services engineer and sustainable building consultant for Arup in London, Sheffield, Berlin & Cape Town. Caroline has a particular interest in post occupancy monitoring and the interactions between buildings systems and their occupants.
Sarah is an Associate Director of Building Physics for Enhabit. She has over a decade of experience in the construction industry and specialises in Passivhaus, sustainability, low energy buildings and retrofit.
She has worked on multiple Passivhaus projects, including the Passivhaus Leisure Centre in Exeter and over 90 certified Passivhaus dwellings across the country.
She is co-author of the Passivhaus Trust’s Technical Guidance ‘Demystifying Airtightness’, Technical Author for the new retrofit Standard PAS 2035 as well as editor of the Retrofit Coordinator level 5 Diploma to which she contributed the Building Physics training material
She is passionate about our planet, and will talk to anyone that wants to listen, about loft insulation and thermal bypass!
Liam is a WARM staff member specialising in Passivhaus certification. He has a degree in Renewable Energy, but in the early 2010s he became more interested in the other side of the energy equation: how we use less energy in the first place. Joining WARM as a fresh Passivhaus convert in 2013, he has worked on the certification of a large proportion of the UK’s Passivhaus buildings. His favourite thing about teaching is watching a participant’s face change in that “eureka” moment when a tricky concept suddenly makes sense.
Eric Parks is an Architect and Certified Passivhaus Designer who has specialised solely in the field of ecological design and sustainable construction in both the US and UK. He has experience in research, development and prototyping of sustainable building systems with CMPBS in Austin, Texas.
In the UK, Eric’s architectural training and experience has taken place with two of the UK’s leading sustainable design specialists, Simmonds Mills: Architects, Builders and Eco Arc. Currently, Eric runs his own architecture practice and sustainable building consultancy.
Karl is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, with over ten years’ experience in the design and construction of Passivhaus buildings. He has a personal interest in Architectural Conservation and is passionate about the importance of architecture in creating sustainable towns and cities. As a Passivhaus Designer he has experience of a broad range of construction types, on a wide variety of schemes. He’s very interested in problem solving, whether it be construction detailing, a project struggling to meet the airtightness target, or a ventilation system that isn’t quite working how it should.
Mike worked for Hoare Lea as a building services engineer for many years involved in the design of schools, offices and healthcare buildings in the South West. Having discovered Passivhaus and become a Certified Passivhaus Designer, Mike knew a change was needed and wanted to find a way to focus his energy on this. In 2013 Mike decided the best way to do this was to join Pete and Sally at WARM.
Mike is interested in making low energy buildings more mainstream and an affordable option to more people. On the rare occasions when not using PHPP, Mike can be found paddling and sailing around Plymouth Sound.
Piers is lead Passivhaus Consultant at Piers Sadler Consulting in Bristol. His Passivhaus projects include schools, an archive, flats, housing developments and individual houses. Piers believes that Passivhaus is the right way to build in the climate emergency and that accordingly as many people as possible in the building supply chain need to be skilled up.
Piers is a scientist by training and enjoys the technical and geeky parts of Passivhaus design, but recognises that successful Passivhaus projects also require an ethos which recognises why Passivhaus is important, and include working practices of collaboration, communication, openness and excellent quality management.
Mark Siddall, of LEAP: Low Energy Architectural Practice, is a practicing architect with a keen interest building performance. Issues of usability and practicality inform his approach and have increasingly led to an appreciation of the need for an integrated, consensus based, design process.
He was project architect, and Passivhaus Designer, for 25 award winning, Passivhaus Certified dwellings at the Racecourse Estate, Houghton-le-Spring. He was also project architect on a number of award winning Retrofit for the Future projects that targeted an 80% reduction in carbon emissions. Mark is a technical advisor to the PassivHaus Trust and a part time lecturer at Northumbria University.
In addition to offering architectural services LEAP provides consultancy, energy analysis, project enabling and training for clients, design teams and constructors. To find out more visit www.leap4.it.
Will is interested in making buildings better through careful design, and practical application. His experience ranges from design detail drawing to installing MVHR ventilation systems to Passivhaus Certification assessment.
Peter has over 30 years’ experience in low energy buildings and is one of three practicing UK Passivhaus certifiers. He has built five of his own low energy buildings and is a Passivhaus enthusiast!
“I am fascinated by the challenge of making the theory of low energy, airtight, insulated construction work in practice. I have spent my life seeking to understand energy use in buildings so that we can live very comfortably using fewer resources.”