APHA Newsletter July 2019

Scroll down for all the latest news and our upcoming training and events program. Highlights include:

  • Win a copy of designPH!
  • Meet member Cameron Munro
  • New Brisbane Passive House 'Under Construction'
  • PH Exchange - Speakers announced!
  • PHPP Sketch to Feasibility Melbourne - spaces still available

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



It's Melbourne's Turn!

PH Exchange is a new opportunity to exchange knowledge, insight, successes and challenges from across the industry on Passive House projects. This session will focus on perspectives from an architect, builder, researcher and owner. The Exchange will also offer a platform to ask others in the PH community for advice.

Speakers:    - Rob Brimblecombe (manager of a large property portfolio)
                      - John Beurle (owner)
                      - Kate Nason (researcher)
                      - Andy Marlow (architect)
                      - Stuart Lee (builder)

 Inhabit Group, Melbourne
Date: Thursday 15th August 2019 from 6pm to 8pm approximately.
Cost: Members $10.00; Non-Members $20.00 




Sustainable House Day - it's on again

Take a peek inside some inspiring Passive homes this September 15th when Sustainable House Day 2019 takes place.  With a mix of certified, not yet and nearly certified homes open on the day it is an event not be missed. 

Passive Homes open this year include Thornleigh NSW, Noonameena in rural VIC, Armadale VIC, and Acuna WA and MM House VIC. 

It's not too late to register your home. For further info and the full register of open homes please visit the link below. 





New Passive House in Brisbane


Congratulations to Solaire Properties on constructing Australia's largest residential Passive House in Brisbane!

The team would like to give a special shout out to John Moynihan, former APHA board member, and Ecolateral, for their PHPP contribution.

To read more about this exciting project visit the link below. 






Technical Working Group


The Technical Working Group is now assembling an action group after discussions with the ABCB about an NCC 2022 Passivhaus pathway. Ben and Luc in the TWG will be championing these efforts for the residential pathway in Volume 2. Likewise, David and Aysh will be championing these efforts for the Volume 1 verification pathway.
Please get in touch here if you feel you are able to support these groups to make some positive change.

Please also see Cameron Munro's membership highlight for more information on the technical working group's monitoring campaign to promote Passivhaus' thermal comfort benefits in comparison with the current building stock. 





Passive House Webinars - coming soon

We are pleased to announce the launch of the APHA Webinar Series to be hosted on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. We have a stellar line up of speakers already and the series will be kicked off with a presentation from APHA Chairman and Head of Sustainability, Real Estate at AMP Capital,  Chris Nunn on August 29, at 1pm. 

The topic will be Passive House High-Rise buildings around the world including examples from Europe, North America, China and Australia. In case you missed it, this webinar repeats a keynote presentation delivered at the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit in Melbourne on 26 June 2019. The webinar demonstrates that passive house is an appropriate green building certification system in all climate zones for all building types by showcasing the application of passive house to tall and large buildings around the world. 

Registrations for the event will open shortly so stay tuned, and if you have any suggestions for topics please drop us a line.



It's not too late to register!


The closing date for registrations for Passive House New Zealand's annual get together on 17th August at the beautiful Villa Maria Winery Auckland has been extended to 4th August. 

Don't miss this chance to hear directly from local industry professionals as they share details from their current and future projects, learn about new plans and developments within PHINZ and quiz the expert panel on all Passive House related topics in the Q&A session.


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Ventilation, Radiator, and Combustion heating for your Passive House

Take advantage of this free event to learn and ask all your questions from the specialists on these products in order to gain a more detailed understanding of their features and benefits.  Products on display include Zehnder, Skantherm, Stuv, Hase and more.

This free event is brought to you by Oblica and Fantech and some light catering will be provided. 

When: August 29th 6 -8pm
Where: Oblica showroom at 200 Argyle St Fitzroy, Vic.
RSVP required: Email Joel at jseagren@fantech.com.au (Limit of 30 people)






ASBEC Quarterly Meeting

APHA was represented at the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s (ASBEC) Quarterly meeting at the Adelaide Town Hall by our CEO Paul Wall.

A key milestone acknowledged at the meeting was the resolution at the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, which saw State Energy ministers agree to the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings framework, which outlines a staged approach to carbon and energy-efficiency improvements to the National Construction Code (NCC).

ASBEC welcomed the announcement, saying that “The National Construction Code sets minimum standards for all new Australian buildings, so it is the best place to start to improve building energy performance. By strengthening the National Construction Code we can ensure new buildings are ‘zero carbon ready’ to plug into a net zero emissions economy by 2050.

APHA will be a key contributor to this ongoing discussion and we heard from Mark Davis from the Australian Building Codes Board who presented the process and timelines going forward.

Paul held side meetings with the CEO’s of the GBCA and Living Futures Institute of Australia, Davina Rooney and Laura Hamilton-O’Hara, of which APHA has cross walk agreements in place.

We also heard from a vast cohort of industry groups and regulators on  a number of topics including the current issues in code compliance, conforming products and building certification, as well as broader climate and energy related issues.

We look forward to continuing this important collaboration and working together to lift industry standards.



Member Feature


This month we would like to introduce Cameron Munro.


Who are you?
I’ve spent too much of my time at university and walked out with a PhD in aerospace engineering. Since then I’ve worked in transport planning and transport demand forecasting, working with building computer models and large-scale data analysis.  More recently I’ve focussed on the design of cities around cycling and walking rather than car travel. 

Why are you a member of the APHA?

I’m a member because I got the Passive House bug during the renovation of my home in Melbourne. I find the APHA provides a platform to share our learnings trying to build to Passive House standards in an Australian context.  I see the APHA as a clearinghouse for technical knowledge and driving both the Passive House community and the wider building industry to achieve higher building standards. 

What inspires you about Passive House?
It’s as simple as science! I love the logic and numerical rigour that goes into Passive House – there’s no room for conjecture or fluffy motherhood statements: everything can be tested and verified.  I also like the systems approach; each part of a building has repercussions for the other parts, we need to consider everything together rather than cherrypicking the “easy” bits and ending up with a poor outcome.  Moreover, the emphasis on comfort seems to me to be what will bring Passive House to scale in Australia. 

Any fun facts or interesting snippets about you?
I’m still bitter and twisted that we missed out on EnerPHit certification for my own homes’ retrofit.  They will write 1.2ACH on my gravestone.  Consistent with my engineering worldview I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time building bespoke monitoring systems for my home so I can track how well it performs.  While there are commercial systems available that measure indoor air quality and temperatures, they’re either expensive or closed boxes with very limited configurability.  Instead, I’ve built my own bespoke hardware and software to build up a dataset on housing performance.  I’m interested in deploying the sensors across a selection of dwellings – both conventional and Passive Houses – to build an evidence base in an Australian context.  The sensors are offered at hardware cost-price, and further information is available here


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




Melbourne PHPP Training - A FEW SPOTS REMAINING!

Course description: This course facilitated by Andy Marlow (APHA, Envirotecture) is aimed at PHPP Beginners. It will take a sketch design for a single house, use DesignPH & SketchUp to create geometry for import into the Passive House Planning Package. Data will be manipulated within PHPP to assess initial project feasibility.

Assumed Knowledge: An understanding of Passive House is required while some familiarity with PHPP (familiar with interface) & SketchUp basics would be useful but not critical. For questions about content email strategywg@passivehouseaustralia.org

Technology: Attendees will need DesignPH, SketchUp and PHPP v9.6 on own laptop.
Location: ARUP office -  Sky Park, 699 Collins St, Docklands VIC 3008
When: Friday 16th August 2019   Time - 9am until 4.30pm 

Cost: APHA members - $200; Non-members - $350; Students - $75 (FULL TIME ONLY - email admin@passivehouseaustralia.org)


WIN a Copy of designPH 2.0!

APHA are excited to announce the recent release of designPH 2.0 available to purchase on our website. The latest version of designPH further streamlines workflow especially around shading calculations, a key consideration in Australian climates. 

The Sketch to Feasibility Workshop running in Melbourne on August 16th is a great opportunity to see the power of the new designPH. 

To enter tell us in 25 words or less why you love Passive House. Submit your entry by COB 10th August by clicking on the link HERE

Conditions: The competition is a game of chance that is only open to APHA members, and the judges decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Board members and employees of APHA are ineligible to enter.



Introduction to Passive House

Learn about Passive House principles and the methodology to create high performance, thermally comfortable and super energy efficient buildings. This course is a useful introduction for building designers, architects, engineers, consultants, thermal performance assessors, builders, tradespeople and home owners seeking to build a highly sustainable home.

People considering studying the technically demanding Passive House Designer Consultant course and internationally recognised exam will find this introductory course beneficial in their preparation. 

Date: 16-18 October 2019

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 Nov – 5 Dec 2019

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 



Interested in the Passive House Designer Course?

Let teacher Daniel Kress, and his former students tell you what you can expect from the course. Click on the link below for a fun and informative way of finding out if this course is right for you. 


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WUFI Training - 2 dates 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.