As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all courses are running as half-day webinars. Please see the COVID-19 statement on the home page for up-to-date information.
Do this course if you want to:
become a Certified Passivhaus Designer/Consultant and add real value to your practice.
This course is delivered by UK experts in the Passivhaus field and will equip you to work on exciting, low-energy projects and design Passivhaus buildings. You will learn alongside like-minded professionals from a range of disciplines and develop a skillset that will enable you to offer your clients game-changing levels of comfort and quality.
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.
Programme (online course)
All our courses are currently running online until at least December 2021. You can download the programme for specific online courses in the “Training Calendar” section below.
3 weeks before the course starts, we offer access to the online Fundamentals course, pre-course algebra exercises and construction pre-course reading and a live Intro session.
|Main modules during the course:|
|Science||4 half-day webinars|
|Construction||2 half-day webinars|
|Services||4 half-day webinars|
|PHPP||a mix of webinars and self-learning sessions|
|Preparing you for the exam:|
|Revision||2 half-day webinars|
|Tutorials||small group live session|
|Mock exam||online practice|
|Pre-exam session||small group live session|
|Final PHI exam||Intro + 3 hrs exam|
|Intro||short live session|
|Case Studies (2)||optional presentations on real projects|
|Crit Session||Review your own project|
|Therm Course||online course|
|Net Zero Videos||PHT online videos|
Software: Our live sessions run in Zoom and during the course, we use Teams for sharing documents, discussions with your peers and extra support from trainers.
Course Syllabus (online course)
Fundamentals of Passivhaus ( online course)
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 (4 half-day webinars)
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 ( 2 half-day webinars)
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 (4 half-day webinars)
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 (live and self-studysessions)
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 Passivhaus/AECB standards using the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP). The course alternates between live teaching sessions with the use of presentation slides and pre-recorded self-study videos where participants enter an example house into the software, followed by a live tutorial session to answers any questions.
PHI Examination and Revision
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. Also, we will guide you on the online exam registration and technical process. The revision course and the final PHI examination are included in the fee for the Passivhaus Designer course. Please contact us for prices for retaking the exam.
Online Spring 2 2021 **Bookings closed**
|Course dates||16th April – 19th May. Download the detailed schedule here.|
|Exam||22nd & 23rd April|
Online Summer 1 2021 **Fully booked**
|Course dates||28th May – 6th July. Download the detailed schedule here.|
|Exam||15th & 16th July|
Online Summer 2 2021 **Fully Booked**
|Course dates||23rd July – 24th August. Download the detailed schedule here.|
|Exam||2nd & 3rd September|
Online Autumn 1 2021 **Fully booked**
|Course dates||3rd September – 5th October. Download the detailed schedule here.|
|Exam||14th & 15th October|
Online Autumn 2 2021 **Places available**
|Course dates||8th October – 9th November. Download the detailed schedule here.|
|Exam||18th & 19th November|
Costs are the same for this course, regardless of format/time/location.
|Standard price||£2,800 ex. VAT|
|AECB/PHT members’ price||£2,500 ex. VAT|
|AECB/PHT members’ early bird price||£2,100 ex. VAT|
- Visit the AECB/PHT websites for membership benefits and cost.
- You will need a copy of the PHPP software for the PHPP module and exam. The PHPP 9 software costs from £135 ex. VAT and can be purchased directly from the AECB website here.
- (Optional) A physical copy of the PHPP manual can be purchased from the PHI in Germany.
- AECB membership costs from £50 ex. VAT: AECB website
- To qualify for the Early Bird price, book and pay more than 6 weeks before the start of the course.
- Sending 2+ employees on the same course at the same time? We can offer 20% discount from the second booking.
- Don’t want to attend the whole course? Individual module price: £400 ex. VAT per day, or £350 ex. VAT per day for AECB/PHT members.
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