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Ballina Blower Door Test

Posted on 12/2/2020
Take a look at a video of a blower door test from a project aiming for Passive House certification!


BASIX Recognises Passive House Pathway

Posted on 11/27/2020
BREAKING NEWS: BASIX Recognises Passive House Pathway!


Asquith Passive House Journey - Part 2

Posted on 11/23/2020
Join us for Part 2 of the journey of Passive House project at Asquith, NSW.


Passive House Profile: Owl Woods

Posted on 11/11/2020
Discover more about the award-winning Owl Woods Passive House.


Asquith Passive House Journey

Posted on 11/5/2020
We're delighted to share a Passive House project that we will follow closely in the coming months.


SPPHC 2020 Wrap Up!

Posted on 11/4/2020
SPPHC 2020 Wrap Up! Read our full conference debrief including blog article, news, and resources.


Passivhaus In Australia Book Launch

Posted on 10/15/2020
APHA is celebrating the launch of our Passivhaus in Australia book! Find out more and download here.


Notice of AGM 2020

Posted on 10/7/2020
We welcome you to join us for the APHA Annual General Meeting 2020.


Passive House Profile: CLT Passive House Extension

Posted on 10/7/2020
This 2-storey extension to an existing house was erected in the backyard.


Women in Sustainability Awards 2020

Posted on 9/23/2020
Find out more about the Women in Sustainability Awards 2020.


ArchiTeam Awards 2020 - APHA Passive House Scholarship

Posted on 9/17/2020
Find out more about the ArchiTeam Awards 2020 and the APHA sponsored Passive House Scholarship!


Member Feature: Burkhard Hansen

Posted on 9/2/2020
Get to know APHA Member, Burkhard Hansen of CarbonLite.


Passive House Profile: Thornleigh Passivhaus

Posted on 9/2/2020
Sydney's first Passive House - This compact two storey home enjoys views of a giant tallowood tree.


Welcome Back to the APHA Board, Darren O'Dea!

Posted on 8/6/2020
Welcome Christie Hartfiel, our new ACT Chapter Rep!


Welcome Christie Hartfiel, New ACT Chapter Rep!

Posted on 8/5/2020
Welcome Christie Hartfiel, our new ACT Chapter Rep!


Passive House Profile: PassivLaneway

Posted on 7/16/2020
Sydney's third Passive House - a compact granny flat above an elegant garage on the Northern Beaches


Tips on how to plug "energy leaks" and drive down power bills

Posted on 7/13/2020
ABC Radio chats with APHA WA Rep Don Fini on energy saving tips that make a home more comfortable.


Passive House Profile: Vanquish

Posted on 7/8/2020
Introducing Australia’s largest architectural home targeting full Passive House Plus certification


Passive House in the News!

Posted on 7/6/2020
Enjoy an article in HIA's NSW Building News magazine on Passive House.


IPHA Press Release

Posted on 6/8/2020
Building the Future - Sustainably!


ASBEC Media Release | 26 May 2020

Posted on 6/5/2020
Building Tomorrow’s Homes for the post-COVID economy.


PHINZ Appoints a CEO!

Posted on 6/4/2020
Introducing the new CEO of Passive House Institute of New Zealand!


Earth Day 2020

Posted on 4/22/2020
We are joining in the celebration marking 50 years of Earth Day!


The Passive House Standard: RMIT Podcast

Posted on 3/30/2020
APHA board directors for Partnerships and Major Events, Kate Nason and Johanna Trickett, joined Dr Cameron Stanley, lecturer and researcher at the School of Engineering RMIT University, in a podcast interview about the Passive House standard.


Australia's First Certified Non-Residential Passive House

Posted on 3/27/2020
Canberra Childcare, Torrens Early Learning, has received the first non-residential Passive House certification in Australia. It is also rated as a Passive House “Premium”, being certified as one of the top 14 most energy efficient buildings in the wo


COVID-19 and SPPHC 2020

Posted on 3/16/2020
An important message regarding COVID-19 and the South Pacific Passive House Conference 2020.


2020 State Chapter and Volunteer Leaders Announcements

Posted on 3/4/2020
The APHA Board is delighted to announce the APHA Chapter and Volunteer Leads for 2020!


The 2018 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship

Posted on 2/19/2020
APHA Board Member, Kate Nason, was the recipient for the proposal to research how the Passive House Standard is being adopted by architects, policy makers and the broader industry to help curb carbon emissions in buildings and create a more resilient


The Fern: Building an Urban Sanctuary - An Interview with Oliver Steele

Posted on 2/12/2020
Oliver Steele on The Fern: Building an Urban Sanctuary


ABC's 7:30 Report: Passive House

Posted on 1/29/2020
Passive House in the news!


Bank Australia's Clean Energy Home Loan

Posted on 1/29/2020
We are delighted to share that Passive House Certification meets the criteria for a Clean Energy Home Loan.


Member Feature: Joe Merceica

Posted on 12/11/2019
Get to know Joe Merceica, owner of Blue Eco Homes and our newest APHA Board Member!


Interview with APHA CEO, Paul Wall

Posted on 12/5/2019
Getting Geared Up for the 2020 South Pacific Passive House Conference: An Interview with the Australian Passive House Association CEO, Paul Wall


The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council Update

Posted on 12/5/2019
Find out more about the presentation given by APHA Chairperson, Chris Nunn, at the ASBEC Meeting held on 3 December 2019.


AGM Board Election 2019

Posted on 12/5/2019
Discover the outcome of the 2019 APHA Board Elections!


APHA Annual General Meeting 2019

Posted on 11/14/2019
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.


Sustainable House Day - Volunteer Call out

Posted on 9/11/2019
Take a peek inside some inspiring Passive homes this Sept 15 when SHD 2019 is on.  To volunteer at a PH opening email


WA Chapter Catch Up and Stiebel Eltron Visit

Posted on 9/11/2019
Join the WA Chapter for a coffee catch up and Stiebel Eltron visit this Friday 13th Sept.


NSW Gets its First Passive House Homes

Posted on 8/27/2019
New South Wales now has two Passive House certified buildings. There’s now a certified Passive House in Thornleigh, on Sydney’s upper north shore, and another in the Blue Mountains. Read this article in the Fifth Estate to find out more.


South Pacific Passive House Conference 2020 announcement

Posted on 8/8/2019
It's on again! Following a highly successful NZ conference, SPPHC 2020 is coming to you for the first time from Sydney! We’ve booked the iconic UNSW Roundhouse so get ready for a packed program - visit our conference website in the link for details


Technical Working Group Monitoring Campaign

Posted on 7/30/2019
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.


Meet our 1st PH Exchange Melbourne Speaker - John Beurle

Posted on 7/25/2019
John will share his journey from an empty block to a house he loves and share key lessons learned. From straw, to windows to a fire, airtightness and AirBnB.


APHA & IBPSA Australasia - Networking Event

Posted on 7/17/2019
Come and join us on 3/10 at 5.30 for the APHA and IBPSA Networking event to network and share knowledge with the built environment industry professionals.


Win the new designPH 2.0!

Posted on 7/17/2019
Read our latest update for a chance to win the new designPH 2.0! And get up to speed on all upcoming events at the same time. Click on the header link for details.


SA Chapter Catch Up

Posted on 7/9/2019
Last weekend the SA Passive House community had a very successful catch up. But don't worry if you missed out - another will be happening soon. Contact Antonio at or 0412 550116


WA Chapter Catch up June 2019

Posted on 6/30/2019
Our WA Chapter led by Nathan Coote (far left) met recently to share ideas and info on promoting PH in WA. Conncet with them via


Passive Plus Magazine Out Now

Posted on 6/27/2019
A digital subscription to Passive House Plus is free to iPHA members. Log into our members area for the discount code, and visit


South Australia Chapter Catch Up

Posted on 6/17/2019
Experience what Passive House living is all about as part of the International Passive House Open Day Mid Year event. Visit Noonameena 90 minutes from Melbourne. When: Saturday June 29 and Sunday 30 between 10:30am - 4:00pm.


iPHA Mid-Year Open Days - Noonameena

Posted on 6/6/2019
Experience what Passive House living is all about as part of the International Passive House Open Day Mid Year event. Visit Noonameena 90 minutes from Melbourne. When: Saturday June 29 and Sunday 30 between 10:30am - 4:00pm.


European Passive House Conference Affiliates Workshop

Posted on 5/28/2019
Earlier this month, the European Passive House Conference was held in Heidelberg. Kate Nason, one of two APHA Partnerships Coordinators participated in the Affiliates Workshop where each affiliate shared insights, challenges and successes.


APHA at Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) Nationwide Node Expo for NSW

Posted on 5/15/2019
Thanks to Jamie-Lee Shand, Jesse Clarke (ProClima), Kylie Mills (APHA Board) and Paul Wall (APHA CEO) who did a fantastic job representing Passive House on Wed at the Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) Nationwide Node Expo for NSW hosted by UNSW& Uni


Passive House mid-year Open Days

Posted on 5/10/2019
The dates for the International Passive House Open Days in 2019 this year are 28 – 30 June 2019. The mid-year International Passive House Open Days, organised by iPHA and its affiliates, will take place.


Melbourne Passive House 'under construction' Site Tour: 24 May

Posted on 5/6/2019
On Friday 24th May at 4.30 Clare Parry is opening the doors on her very own 'under construction' Passive House new build extension located in Gardenvale, Melbourne. Tickets are limited so don't miss out!


Pro Clima Scholarships

Posted on 5/1/2019
For the 6th consecutive year Pro Clima is supporting PH courses in Australia and they are now available in Melbourne & Sydney. You are invited to apply for: * Pro Clima Passive House Designer Scholarships * * Pro Clima Passive House Introduct


Certified WA Passive House Acuna Open Day

Posted on 5/1/2019
APHA Members iSMART Homes are opening up their certified Passive House project in North Beach on Saturday 4th May.


QLD Chapter Event: Condensation Management 15 May

Posted on 5/1/2019
Attendees will gain important information and knowledge about how the coming changes will affect building design and construction going forward.


Newly Certified WA Passive House!

Posted on 5/1/2019
Abetthaus in WA is a newly certified modernist Passive House in a stunning coastal location.


APHA Facebook Discussion Forum

Posted on 5/1/2019
All episodes in the podcast series on Passive House are now available. If you haven’t had a chance to listen then here is your chance to catch up.


Passive House: A Practical Approach Event Sydney

Posted on 4/16/2019
You will learn a practical manner on how to define the thermal envelope and how to overcome frequent planning and construction challenges. This seminar is aimed at all tradespeople and other building professionals including architects, engineers,


Passive House Site Tour: 3 May Sydney

Posted on 4/16/2019
Join the Australian Passive House Association Sydney Chapter for a tour of a new home under construction in Thornleigh, Sydney. Friday 3rd May at 3pm Location: Thornleigh. The address will be emailed to the attendees the day before.


Introduction to Passive House course at Box Hill Institute starting in May

Posted on 4/3/2019
Starting in May is the Passive House Introduction Course at Box Hill Institute. Learn about Passive House principles and the methodology to create high performance, thermally comfortable and super energy efficient buildings.This course is a useful in


Welcome our new WA Chapter rep - Nathan Coote

Posted on 3/25/2019
Introducing our new WA Chapter Rep Nathan Coote. Come along and meet Nathan and other APHA members at the HIA Home Show under the banner “High Performance Professionals” March 29-31 in Perth.


4th Modular and Prefabricated Construction conference – Sydney and Melbourne

Posted on 3/4/2019
Last week board members Daniel Kress and Kate Nason attended at the 4th Modular and Prefabricated Construction conference in Sydney with Kate speaking on behalf of ARKit Advanced Prefabricated Architecture on the ‘Pathway to Positive Energy Buildings


IceBoxChallengeMelbourne - we did it!

Posted on 3/3/2019
The #IceboxChallengeMelbourne is complete! 143 kgs of ice remaining in the box built to PH standards and the ice in the Australian Building Code box all melted by Day 10! Many thanks to our fantastic sponsors who made it all happen & congratulatio


The IceBoxChallenge comes to Melbourne

Posted on 2/19/2019
It all kicks off tomorrow night with our #IceBoxChallengeMelbourne launch From 6pm on Wed 20th Feb at our QVM IceBox site we will celebrate the launch of this inaugural Australian event surrounded by the buzz of the Night Market. The weather fo


Passive House Podcast – All episodes now available

Posted on 2/17/2019
All episodes in the podcast series on Passive House are now available. If you haven’t had a chance to listen then here is your chance to catch up.


Welcome to APHA’s first CEO – Paul Wall

Posted on 2/8/2019
APHA is excited to announce the appointment of it's inaugural CEO - Paul Wall. To read more about this first for APHA, and find out more about Paul, please visit this news article featured in the Fifth Estate here   Paul is passionate about spearh


Passive House Podcast - The Basics

Posted on 1/10/2019
Don't miss the first in the series of seven Passive House podcasts from popular website Undercover Architect - part of their series titled "A Simple Guide to a Sustainable Home". More episodes will follow and we will update you as they become avai


SPPHC 2019 Wellington

Posted on 1/6/2019
SPPHC 2019 is fast approaching! Don't miss the premier Passive House event in the South Pacific in 2019. Co-hosted by the Passive House Institute of New Zealand (PHINZ), the Australian Passive House Association (APHA) and School of Architecture - Vi


Passive Butterfly wins big at Sustainability Awards

Posted on 11/14/2018
Congratulations are in order for building designer and APHA member Luke Middleton of EME Design and the team behind the creation of Passive Butterfly which won both the Single Dwelling (Alteration & Addition) and Best of the Best categories at the 20