In January of this year, we asked our members to set our agenda for us….to give us direction and priorities that would match their expectations of the Association.

As a proactive group, they certainly did not disappoint.

Here is what they said and a glimpse of this busy year ahead. When asked where the Association here can provide the greatest value to its members, 4 clear priorities materialised and has set our goals for 2017 and beyond.

1. Advocacy – Simply put, to help support the greater adoption of Passive House construction. Fortunately, this was something we have are already aware of and have recently joined the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), a peak body of key organisations committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia.

We are also engaging with local and regional governments that are keen to understand the ‘fabric first’ opportunity of Passive House construction from a low to zero carbon policy perspective. Furthermore, as the research and development builds towards the proposals for changing the NCC Section J minimum requirements in 2019, we are seeing more engagement at a national level and a bid to understand the relevance of this new standard in building quality.

2. Local Chapter Events and Technical Training– In the last 12 months, we have had many successful local chapter events and socials, designed to bring the Passive House community together. However, these have been sporadic and unequally distributed across Australia.

This year, we have already arranged technical events on air-tightness, ventilation, condensation, and glazing in Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Hobart and Melbourne. Keep an eye on our Events area of our website, as these all be announced in the coming weeks.

3. Passive House Professional Training – Passive House is all about the detail and not something you can jump into. As such, APHA have now arranged training for Certified Passive House Designers and Tradespersons in Sydney and Melbourne throughout 2017, with awesome and super proactive institutional partners. Places are limited and being snapped up!

4. Passive House Marketing – Passive House construction is still new to Australia, so support that enables our members and the wider community to understand or transfer the benefits of Passive House to their clients is key. As such, we have created a really cool app that contextualise Passive House against a 7 Star NatHERS building to realise how different a design vs construction process is.