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BASIX Recognises Passive House Pathway

APHA recently announced that BASIX now recognises the Passive House Standard as a pathway to meeting the thermal comfort requirements of the NSW State Environmental Planning Policy.

The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) is one of Australia’s strongest sustainable planning measures and has been required in NSW since 2004. It requires all projects to meet requirements for energy, thermal comfort and water with the aim of encouraging sustainable residential development.

Until now, all projects seeking approval in New South Wales were required to either use NatHERS or the BASIX DIY tool to prove that their design would achieve the thermal comfort requirements of BASIX.

The removal of this cost impost of Passive House projects having to undertake modelling in multiple software packages is a win for designers and consumers.


FREE APHA Webinar Series Event: Passive House and BASIX

12:30pm AEDT Wednesday 9 December 2020

Join APHA and Dr Kevin Yee, Senior Policy Advisor at the NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment for a free webinar on the recent changes to BASIX. Registrations close 10am AEDT Wednesday 9 December 2020 - don't miss out!

Register Here


APHA Victoria Members End of Year Picnic

Join Victorian Chapter Rep, Simone Schenkel, for a picnic in the park to celebrate the end of the year!

When: 6pm, 16 December 2020

Where: Fawkner Park, Melbourne


This is an APHA members only event, please RSVP so we are aware of numbers. Hope to see you there!

APHA NSW Members End of Year Drinks

Join NSW Chapter Rep, Jamie-Lee Shand, for end of year drinks!

When: 6pm, 15 December 2020

Where: The Old Clare Bar


This is an APHA members only event, please RSVP so we are aware of numbers. See you there!

APHA Queensland End of Year Drinks

Join Queensland Chapter Rep, Gregory Mason, for an end of year celebration of the year that was.

When: 5:30pm, 17 December 2020

Where: MAYA Mexican Rooftop Bar


This is an APHA members only event, please RSVP so we are aware of numbers. See you there!

APHA Webinar Series Recordings

Browse our archive of recorded APHA Webinar Series events, including the popular Smoke Control for Passive Houses (Joel Seagren and Cameron Smith), Passive House: What's It Worth? (Andy Marlow), and Passive House Windows: Don't Waste Your Money! (Harley Truong).

Members - be sure to log in to our website to access these recordings.

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APHA Members Exchange

Facebook Discussion Group

Members: Have you joined our APHA Members only Facebook discussion group yet? This is a valuable resource for sharing ideas, questions, and benefit from the wealth of high level APHA Member community experience and knowledge.

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Passivhaus In Australia

Have you downloaded our FREE e-book?
Learn more as to why these healthy, comfortable and resilient buildings should be our new normal. 

Click here to watch the launch at our recent conference SPPHC20 and download the free e-book (you will need to create a free account first).

ArchiTeam Awards 2020 APHA Passive House Scholarship Winner Announced!

This year ArchiTeam announced a new partnership with APHA. Entrants competed in designing a trophy for the Passive House category. 

Qutaibah Al-Atafi has been announced as the winner of this category and was awarded a Passive House scholarship with APHA. Congratulations Qutaibah! Discover more here.

Take a Look at our Blower Door Test Video!

Blukube Architecture and Scholten Group recently hosted a Facebook Live event sharing the blower door test for their project in Ballina, NSW.

Watch the video here.

Have You Seen Our New Online Resources?

Our website now features a brand new section for online resources, including the NCC 2019 Toilet Ventilation Report. The Condensation Management Report is also coming soon!

Explore more here.

Introduction to Passive House

Discover more about Passive House with our answers to the most common questions we received in our Introduction to Passive House webinar!  

Find the answers here.

Become an APHA Member!

Sign up today to enjoy the many benefits, including professional development and networking opportunities, access to technical documents, IPHA and Passipedia membership, member logos, inclusion in our Find a Professional directory, and much more!

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Tell Us About Your Passive House!

Are you an APHA member building or living in a Passive House? Would you like to host a virtual tour or star in our Passive House Profile and show off the features and benefits?

We want to hear all about it! All stages of construction welcome for tours.

Contact us today!

Sustainability Awards 2020 Winner
Talina Edwards

Congratulations to new APHA Board member, Talina Edwards, on her recent win at the 2020 Sustainability Awards under the Emerging Sustainable Architect Design category.

Find out more!

Sustainability Awards 2020 Winner
Monash Woodside Building for Technology

Congratulations to the teams behind the Monash Woodside Building for Technology, winner of the Education and Research Sustainability Award at the recent Sustainability Awards 2020.

Discover more!

Passive House Podcast

Join host Matthew Cutler-Welsh as he interviews leaders, practitioners, and change makers in the global Passive House movement - most recently Andy Marlow of Passivhaus Design & Construct.

Take a listen here!

IPHA's Q&A with PHI 

Join the team from the International Passive House Association for their new series, Q&A with PHI.
The next session will take place at 6am AEDT Thursday 10 December.
These sessions are FREE and everyone is welcome, so spread the word!  

Register Now!

The Guide to Passive House Building

Prepared by APHA, our guide outlines the process and resources that will enable you to become a successful Passive House developer.

Make sure you are logged in or create a free account on our website for access.

Download Now!


Smart Plus Academy

Smart Plus Academy's Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant and Tradesperson courses are now online! Spaces are limited, so be sure to register soon to reserve your space!

Smart Plus Academy also offers two new free online courses, The Benefits of Living in a Passive House and Why Passive House is the First Step. 

Box Hill Institute

Learn the methodology to design and construct thermally-efficient buildings. Whether you are a tradesperson or a designer, these Passive House short courses will equip you with an internationally recognised qualification for creating energy-efficient buildings.

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