APHA Newsletter September 2019

Scroll down for the latest news, training and events. 


  • Early Bird Tickets on sale now & Call for Papers: Sydney SPPHC 2020 
  • Networking Event with APHA & IBPSA Australasia, Sydney, 3 October
  • PH Certification Workshop - 20th November - Save the Date
  • Webinar: Recap of the Climate Reality Project/Climate Leadership Summit
  • Connect with others at the iPHA Conference
  • Read the latest Passive House Articles 
  • International Passive House Open Days
  • WA Chapter Catch-up and Stiebel Eltron visit
  • International Passive House Conference Windows Workshop
  • Certified Passive House Training - 2019 remaining courses
  • Pro Clima WUFI Workshops

If you have news of interest to our readers please don't hesitate to get in touch at admin@passivehouseaustralia.org



Early Bird Tickets on sale now!

Our Early Bird Tickets are on sale now! Grab your tickets now at the amazing discounted price of $830.00 (plus gst). That's a 15% discount!

With a further 15% member discount on top of this already low price our members will be able to purchase tickets for an incredible $720 (plus gst)! 

Member prices available for company member staff too. Don't miss this incredible ticket offer!


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!



APHA & IBPSA Australasia - Networking Event

Come and join us for the APHA and IBPSA Networking event to network and share knowledge with the built environment industry professionals. 
Where: Palings Kitchen and Bar, 330 George Street, Sydney - light refreshments provided.
When: Thursday, 3 October at 5:30 PM

Tickets: $10

Additional food and drink will be available for purchase. For event info and to register please click the link below. 

About IBPSA Australasia

IBPSA Australasia is the regional affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (www.ibpsa.org) for Australasia. Currently IBPSA Australasia has 140 members coming from universities, research institutions, and professional institutions from around Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia.



Passive House Certification Course - Wednesday 20th November


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.

Certification process 
Certification platform 
Thermal bridges 
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

Company members - staff tickets are available.

Location: Arup Melbourne

Sky Park, One Melbourne Quarter
699 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008

Facilitators: Luc Plowman and Clare Parry.




Webinar: Recap of the Climate Reality Project/Climate Leadership Summit

Presenter: Jonathan Dalton - APHA Treasurer and Director at Viridis Australasia.


When: 16/10/2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
Cost: (inc. gst): APHA members $30.00; Non-Members $50.00

Webinar link will be emailed to attendees prior to the event. You must sign in or create a free account to book your spot.  





WA News

The WA Chapter had a very informative catch up hosted by Stiebel Eltron at their brand new Subiaco Showroom. 

Nathan Coote,  APHA WA Chapter Rep said of the successful event:  'Great connecting people with each other to achieve better building outcomes. Thank you STIEBEL ELTRON Australia for hosting our catch-up'.  

If you would like to connect with the WA Passive House Community please contact Nathan at  




International Passive House Open Days 2019


Share your Passive House experience with others!
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.


Register your project before October 15th for the chance to win of the following great prizes up for grabs! These are a PHPP, designPH, A 2020 Conference ticket, Hotel accommodation, and a Passive House T-shirt.


Breaking the Mould - BDAA Event

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 building physics have been gathered for this event to start the journey towards healthy, comfortable & efficient design

When: Wednesday 6th November        9.30am to 4.30am
Where Alexandria, NSW




International Passive House Conference - 9 - 11 Oct 2019

The International Passive House Conference is the year's premium Passive House event, coming for the first time from Gaobeidi­an | China.



If you are planning on attending the conference and would like to connect with other Aussies going please email VIC Chapter Rep John Beurle at 





Latest Articles

To say the Fern Apartments have been in the news lately is an understatement! Read a variety of articles on this exciting project below:





Gillies Hall, Monash University's Passive House Student Accommodation is one of three projects competing for the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards - Built Environment. Read more here:






The Fern Official Launch Wrap up

It was standing room only on 17th September for the completion tour of the Fern, Australia's first Multi Residential Passive House project.  We were thrilled to have The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, open the ceremonies and project owner Oliver Steele gave a brilliant presentation on his journey through the build process.

Other highlights of the evening included Clare parry presenting Oliver with the Passive House Certification plaque for the building. In addition, the HIA also presented Oliver with the 2019 HIA Australian GreenSmart Professional and The Fern won the 2019 HIA Australian GreenSmart Multi Dwelling Development.  The night was a fitting recognition of an inspirational project of which we are all excited to be associated with and celebrate.


Member Feature

This month we would like to introduce Harley Weston of Solaire Properties Pty Ltd in Brisbane.

Who are you?

My background is coal exploration working for BHP where I was exposed to the geological history of the planet each day and the carbon cycles and variations of life that have come and gone before us. Between this and the daily grind of watching the slow pace of business with large corporate companies I was inspired to pivot my career 180 degrees and begin work on something positive for sustainability.

Why are you a member of the APHA?

We have decided to become members of APHA to tap into the network of experts, companies and individuals that are passionate about advancing the standards of construction being built here in Australia. As we are also constructing the largest PH ever to be built on Australian soil we have aimed to affiliate ourselves with the leading organisation in this field.

What inspires you about Passive House?

Passive house modelling is by far the most advanced principals and system that we have been associated with to date. What we find so inspiring is the radical reduction in energy usage and the ability to maintain such comfortable inside temperatures while the environment outside can be vastly different conditions.

This aligns perfectly with what Solaire already does in chemical reduction, NZB buildings, Home automation and our chain of custody, circular economy principals. Passive house was the next logical step to advance our homes and we are currently constructing what we aim to be Australia’s largest architectural home with full Passive House certification.

Currently this project is at the framing stage and in true Solaire style we are not only building a Passive home but a healthy, chemical free, Net Zero energy building, complete with fresh water pools, home automation, full solar and battery systems and state of the art heat pumps in collaboration with some of Queensland’s leading university and government agencies.

Any fun facts or interesting snippets about you?

I am a commercial helicopter pilot. I also personally designed and developed a 12 acre botanical garden which is now home to the 2nd largest collection of rare and exotic fruit species in Australia through till 2016. The three of us at Solaire all come from a small QLD coastal town called Yeppoon.

Get in touch with Harley Weston

We are very interested in working with the best in their fields and if companies or individuals out there are interested in collaborating, cross promoting or simply in need of information we are open to being contacted by members of the APHA - email harley@solaireproperties.com.au

If you would like to be featured in our member directory please get in touch at admin@passivehouseaustralia.org 


Certified Passive House trainer Daniel Kress offers a comprehensive program of certified Passive House training and events. To find out more please visit the link to his education academy to view the remaining courses scheduled for 2019, and for the 2020.



International Passive House Conference China - Windows Workshop

As part of the advanced workshop series at the International Passive House Conference in China in October, course tutor Franz Freundorfer is reaching out to any Australians going to the conference to join him for a full day workshop on an issue critical to Passive House building in our region - windows.

DESCRIPTION: The global demand for highly efficient and cost-effective windows exceeds the current production expertise thus leading to market shortages. This workshop is intended to contribute towards eliminating these shortages by providing specialist knowledge on high performance windows. Additionally, participants will be able to convince producers in their regional markets to manufacture these high performance windows in their respective regions.





Box Hill Institute - Introduction to Passive House

Learn about Passive House principles and the methodology to create high performance, thermally comfortable and super energy efficient buildings. Date: 16-18 October 2019

Box Hill Institute - Certified Passive House Designer Course

Are you a building professional looking to learn the skills/knowledge required to understand how to design & build to the international Passive House standard? This course is designed with you in mind. Date: 25 Nov – 5 Dec 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. Date: 6 Dec 2019

Box Hill Institute - Certified Passive House Tradesperson Course

In this course, building tradespeople will 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.





WUFI Training - 2 dates remaining




WUFI Training - Sydney - One date remaining

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.



WUFI Training - Melbourne

Pro Clima now have WUFI® training scheduled for 2020 in Melbourne.

Spaces are limited so so sign up today! If you sign up to any WUFI® course in Melbourne or Sydney before 1 October 2019, you will go in the draw to win a Building Physics Forum 2019 ticket valued at $895. 
So...don't delay - sign up to a WUFI® course now.