Passive House Events, Workshops and Training

APHA October 2019 Newsletter

Scroll down to see all the latest news, training, and events. Highlights include:

  • South Pacific Passive House Conference 2020 - Early Bird tickets on sale now!
  • International Passive House Conference Update: Webinar - Free for Members!
  • Australian Passive House Association Annual General Meeting
  • APHA and GBCA Workshop - An Introduction to Passive House
  • APHA and Bioregional Schools Event
  • BDAA Condensation Symposium 2019 - Breaking the Mould
  • Newcastle Division CPD Seminar NCC Series Air and Water
  • BuildIT Magazine: But We've Always Built This Way - Can We Change?
  • International Passive House Open Days
  • SEE-Change Sustainable House Tour - Aranda, ACT
  • Blue Eco Homes Certified Passive Display Open Day - Faulconbridge, NSW 
  • PH Certification Workshops
  • Certified Passive House courses for the remainder of 2019



 Early Bird tickets are on sale now!


Get ahead of the crowd and buy your SPPH 2020 tickets now at the 15% off early bird discounted price, with a further 15% saving for Members!


It is with much anticipation that we now release the attached sponsorship document that outlines a number of ways that you can get involved, and be a key partner and change-maker in our industry.

We are assembling a stellar line-up of speakers and topics that will inspire, motivate and educate both the converted and curious over the 2 day event, with training and site tours scheduled for before and after.

Please contact us to discover how best to participate for your organisations.

 Trade Show

We are excited to release the draft floor plan for the Trade Show at SPPHC 2020. There are opportunities across 2 separate rooms that will be accessible via the UNSW grounds for the duration of the event and opened into the adjoining conference at regular scheduled intervals across the 2 day event.

This will allow a seamless flow of all delegates into the Trade show, and the opportunity to showcase products to both registered conference attendees and the general public who have free access. The adjoining Beer garden is the perfect place for casual meetings with potential clients and this area will services by a food a beverage outlet, and will be accessible for the duration of the event.

Please get in quick for your desired locations and sizing, and take advantage of early prioritisation through sponsorship packages.

Visit the conference WEBSITE to subscribe to updates and get in touch with any questions.


Call for Papers


If you would like to present at SPPHC 2020 please use the below form to submit your application. Abstracts should be maximum 500 words and their duration should be 15 - 20 minutes. 

The deadline for submissions is Friday 29th November 2019 COB. Acceptance will be emailed to all those who submit by Friday 31st January 2020.
Good luck and thanks in advance for your proposal!




WEBINAR: International Passive House Conference 2019 Update


Catch up on the latest projects, products, and other exciting developments from the 23rd International Passive House Conference, 9-11 October 2019. The conference and exhibition was held outside of Europe for the first time, in Gaobeidian, China, which is soon to be the world's largest Passive House settlement.

Presented by Andy Marlow, APHA Board Member and Strategy Working Group Leader, and Director and Architect at Envirotecture. Webinar link will be emailed to attendees prior to the event.

WHEN: 1:00pm-2:00pm, 30 October 2019

COST: Members FREE | Non-Members $50.00


Any queries, please contact


Australian Passive House Association AGM 2019


We welcome all members to attend the APHA Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held on Monday 25 November, 2018 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

In order for the AGM to proceed, 20% of our members are required to attend, either in person or via video or phone conference as per our constitution. We hope you will join us. Everybody is welcome!

The agenda will include nominations sought and elections held for six additional board director positions, five with a two-year term and one with a one-year term. Videoconferencing will be available and details on joining the meeting remotely will be provided to attendees prior to the AGM.

WHERE: Level 8, 850 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3005

WHEN: 5:30pm-7:30pm, 25 November 2019


Please contact with any queries.

An Introduction to Passive House

This full day course has been developed for those who are new to the Passive House standard and want to know more – whether a developer, architect, engineer, or contractor.

Gain an understanding on how Passive House is different from Section J compliance and explore its suitability for the Australian climate. Discover the key considerations that need to be made throughout each stage of a project. Learn from existing Australian buildings that have achieved Passive House certification.


Key areas of learning include:

  • The what, how and why of the Passive House standard
  • Deep dive into the five key principles
  • Passive House versus Section J
  • Examples of Australian projects
  • Introduction to the designPH and PHPP software
  • The Green Star and Passive House Crosswalk
  • The building certification process
  • Design team roles and responsibilities

Presented by Jessica Hogg, Certified Passivhaus Designer and Senior ESD Consultant at Arup.


COST: Members $699.00 | Non-Members $975.00 | Future Green Leader Only $599.00


Any queries, please contact


APHA and Bioregional Schools Event

APHA and Bioregional are jointly hosting an early morning event to promote greater awareness and support of health, happiness and wellbeing in schools, from early learning to tertiary education, via integrated curriculum, design and operations.

Eight speakers will share their experience and knowledge, covering perspectives from government, academia, architecture, engineering, building construction, and teaching.

Formal invitation and registration details will soon be shared via the APHA website.

WHERE: Aurecon, Level 8, 850 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3005

WHEN: 8:00am-11:00am, 19 November 2019


Any queries, please contact


BDAA Condensation Symposium 2019


Don't miss this BDAA hosted seminar, which will provide an understanding of building physics and where to get assistance so that your projects will be a solution to the current construction crisis in Australia.

Some of Australia's foremost experts in buildings physics have been gathered for this event to start the journey towards healthy, comfortable, and efficient design.


WHEN: Wednesday 6 November 2019, 9:30am-4:30pm
WHERE: Alexandria, NSW


Newcastle Division CPD Seminar

3 formal and 1 informal CPD point seminar

AACA Competencies: Design: 3.1, 3.3, 3.7, 4.2, 4.6, 4.7 Documentation 6.2, 6.5

Robert Menzies recognised home as “the indispensable condition of continuity; its health determines the health of society as a whole” (1942). The security of a home can be quickly lost of the machine breaks down. The fundamental reason for the construction of a house should be for the creation of a healthy home, which in turn will allow both the individual and society as a whole to flourish.

Attend this timely CPD event to hear from a range of key experts about best practice approaches for Passive House design.


  • Understand airtightness for healthy indoor environments that support dust, allergen and pollen-free air
  • Understand airtightness for healthy indoor environments that support dust, allergen and pollen-free air
  • Discuss mould prevention through material and insulation selection and ventilation
  • Explore effective integration of mechanical ventilation heat recovery
  • Outline thermal insulation specification for comfortable/constant temperatures year round
  • Discuss detailing and specification for thermal bridge free construction
  • Define increased levels of energy efficiency with options for carbon neutral living
  • Understand the role of Passive House design consultants and when to engage
  • Explore an introduction to the Passive House Planning Package calculations consultants
  • Discuss Passive House Certifier process
  • Understand how to coordinate general approvals/certifiers and the Passive House process
  • Analyse construction processes to achieve Passive House certification.

WHEN: 12:00pm - 6:30pm, 8 November 2019
WHERE: Hunter Design School - 67 Parry Street, Newcastle West, NSW 2300
COST: $40.00 - $140.00




BuildIT Magazine: But We've Always Built This Way - Can We Change?


Check out the article on the benefits of Passive House as featured in BuildIT magazine, as part of the homeshow in Sydney.


Read the article here.


From 8-10 November 2019, the International Passive House Open Days, organised by iPHA and its affiliates, will take place. The event allows participants to experience the benefits of Passive House buildings first-hand.

You can register your building for the Passive House Open Days using our Passive House Database. If you have participated in previous years, you only have to update your visiting hours.

Any queries, please contact



Built to the Passive House standard, this two-storey gem in Aranda has been designed with three things in mind. The home had to be non-toxic and avoid the use of glues, foams and off-gassing materials, be suitable for an elderly parent in a wheelchair and be super comfortable.

The house is at lockup stage so the construction method is still visible including the double stud walls, non-concrete floors, and European oak windows.


’Sapphire’ is the first Certified Passive House in the Blue Mountains/Greater Western Sydney and is the first in Australia to also meet BAL-FZ (Flame Zone) bushfire building requirements.

Book into 1 of 3 tours throughout the day to see the home and have Joe explain the features, energy efficiency, and health benefits of this home.

As a Certified Passive House Tradesperson, Joe will also be happy to answer all your Passive House questions.



PH Certification Courses


Aimed at designers, consultants, architects and those who have a Passive House project to be certified, this workshop aims to assist first time teams understand certification requirements.

Including topics such as process, timing, the Passive House certification platform and documentation, the workshop will address areas that typically cause confusion, such as PHPP items.

  • Contents
  • Certification process
  • Certification platform
  • PHPP
  • Thermal bridges
  • Components
  • The certificate and PH database

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the certification process, how it works and adds value to your project
  • What data is required for certification?
  • How to present data for certification

COST: Members $200.00 | Non-Members $350.00. Staff tickets available for company members.

Any queries, please contact



WUFI Workshops


Want to learn WUFI? ProClima in Sydney have entry level WUFI® training where you will learn what hygrothermal modelling and WUFI® software is capable of with hands on practice. APHA discount is now available in APHA members area.


Pro Clima Install Training


Pro Clima are also running install training designed for builders, tradespeople and those keen to learn about weathertightness, airtightness and installing Pro Clima products.

These workshops are free to attend and will take place around Australia. Register by clicking on the link HERE.



Box Hill Institute - Certified Passive House Designer Course

As every Architect, Draftsperson, Engineer and Building Designer knows, sustainability is a major focus when it comes to attaining approvals and permits to build. It’s also a factor for consumers, who are increasingly seeking to align purchases with their ethical and environmental concerns.

Date: 25 November - 5 December 2019

Box Hill Institute - Certified Passive House Designer Exam Preparation

This one day session is a practice ‘mock’ exam for the Passive House Designer/Consultant exam. Participants will be provided with exam like questions and exercises similar to the format and type of the International IPHA exam. Your trainer will assist you with calculation exercise solutions and feedback in preparation for the exam.

Date: 6 December 2019

Box Hill Institute - Certified Passive House Tradesperson Course

As every Builder knows, sustainability is a major focus for councils and consequently, building designers and Architects. It’s also a factor for consumers, who are increasingly seeking to align purchases with their ethical and environmental concerns. This course is aimed at building contractors looking to learn the skills and knowledge required to understand how to build to the International Passive House standard.

This 5 day course covers the Building Envelope and Mechanical Systems specialities.

Date: 11-15 November 2019


Passive House Tradie Course Sydney – Only 3 seats left!

Be a Passive House pioneer and learn how to build sustainable, healthy, and economical buildings. Become a certified tradie in just 6 days!


Combining theory and practical learning Daniel Kress, an experienced carpenter, structural engineer, and Passive house designer will cover topics including:

  • Passive House for the Australian climate
  • Airtightness
  • Thermal bridging
  • Moisture management
  • Heat recovery ventilation systems
  • Heating, cooling and domestic hot water
  • Economics and affordability

Daniel’s unique and engaging teaching style is thought provoking and will inspire you to seek solutions and never stop learning.


11 New Passive House Professionals!


Australia now has 11 more Passive House warriors after attending Passive House Designer training with Smart Plus Homes in Sydney this month.

Jamie lee the NSW chapter representative attended the course and said “This was one of the most eye opening and impactful 2 weeks of my life. It’s amazing how much we can learn when you set your mind to it. We all learnt so much and created valuable connections."

Click here to email Daniel directly and find out how you can get one of the last 4 seats today.