Passive House Training

The international Passive House Standard is one of the most rigorous sustainability standards in the world. It is widely applied in Europe and there are also growing movements towards Passive House in the United States and the United Kingdom.

There are two qualifications available for Passive House professionals:

  • Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant (depending on background); and
  • Certified Passive House Tradesperson.

Certified Passive House professionals have demonstrated sound fundamentals in Passive House Design. Only individuals (not organisations) are certified. Every five years professionals must substantiate their credential through maintenance and further development of their knowledge.

Box Hill Institute in Melbourne and the NSW TAFE in Sydney are providing two certified streams as well as preparatory courses throughout the year. See below for more details.

Pro Clima Australia Pty Ltd offer a Passive House Design Scholarship. All enrolled applicants have the opportunity to apply. The successful applicant will receive full subsidy for the Australia Passive House Association Certified Passive House course delivered by Box Hill Institute and the externally assessed exam.
For details on scholarships available, click here. Thanks to Pro Clima Australia for their generous support!

From 2018, the Canadian Peel School of Passive House offers online PHPP courses. Available courses are listed below.

Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant courses are also held regularly in Auckland, NZ. Please refer to the Passive House Academy website for further details.


There are three short courses that you could consider before commencing the Certified Passive House Designer or Tradesperson course and the internationally accredited exam.

Passive House Introduction

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.

Current dates at Box Hill Institute: TBC
Course fee: TBC ($450 in 2017)
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Preparatory maths and physics for Passive House Designers and Consultants

This course is highly recommended for people intending to complete the Passive House Designer/Consultant course and sit the international exam. The examination to become accredited as a Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant is very challenging. Most people who sit the test run out of time to attempt all questions. Learning and practicing the maths and physics specifically relevant to the complex building physics related to the Passive House principles will be excellent grounding for the Certified Passive House Designers course, with a view to improving the success rate in the notoriously difficult international exam.

Current dates at Box Hill Institute: TBC
Course fee: TBC ($450 in 2017)
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Passive House PHPP Intensive

The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is a software tool that calculates the energy efficiency of a Passive House design. It uses climate data, heating and cooling loads, thermal bridge calculations and much more. This course is suitable for people who have completed the Passive House Designer/ Consultant Course and want more experience working with the PHPP to confidently tackle their first project. It is also useful preparation before attempting the international Passive House exam.

Current dates at Box Hill Institute: TBC
Course fee: TBC ($450 in 2017)
More information:

For Passive House course related questions and enquiries contact Susan Morris at:


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.

Current dates at Box Hill Institute Melbourne

Applicants will need to be qualified and experienced in a building related discipline to become a Passive House Designer. There are no prerequisites to become a Passive House Consultant, although knowledge of building construction and building design is an advantage.

This course is suited to qualified and experienced professionals in a building related discipline. There are no prerequisites to become a Passive House Consultant although knowledge of building construction and building design is an advantage.
There are three short courses that you could consider before commencing this course and internationally accredited exam.

Course content
Learning Objectives for Module 1:
› Define the Passive House Standard
› Calculate the energy balance of Passive House buildings, considering transmission and ventilation losses as well as solar and internal heat gains
› Outline the principles of designing Passive House buildings
› Specify the performance characteristics of opaque envelope detailing, including insulation, airtightness and thermal bridging
› Specify Passive House window systems, including performance assessment and fitting details
› Summarise the fundamentals of thermal comfort during the summer
› Understand the issues used to calculate Primary Energy consumption, including electrical energy in Passive House projects

Learning Objective for Module 2:
› Outline key indoor air quality issues assured in Passive House buildings
› Understand mechanical ventilation with heat or energy recovery including system design, detailing, sizing and layout
› Summarise space heating and hot water generation and distribution options for Passive House buildings
› Highlight important principles of cooling and dehumidification for summer comfort
› Complete the basics of economic efficiency calculation and profitability of deep retrofit measures
› Describe information to be considered in invitations to bid, construction site management and quality control
› Outline key information and support for occupants of Passive House projects
› Successfully complete exam style exercises, designs and multiple-choice challenges

High quality training materials with examination preparation exercises are provided.
› Licensed copy of the PHPP software
› CPHD training manuals and
› Exam preparation material

Final Exam
Certification as a Passive House Designer by the Passive House Institute (PHI), Darnstadt, Germany will only occur on successful completion of the PHI exam which will be held at Box Hill Institute on dates to be confirmed. Additional fees ($450) will be charged to sit this exam.

More information
To express your interest or find out more contact Susan Morris at .

TBC ($2,200, Concession Fee $1950 in 2017)


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.

Current dates at Box Hill Institute Melbourne

You must be a qualified and experienced tradespersons or building design professional.
This course is aimed at tradespersons and building contractors who wish to expand their business and trade skill areas towards the international energy efficient standards associated with passive house construction. Building Design professionals may also chose to take the course by way of introduction to the Passive House standard before going on to taking the Certified Passive House Designer course.

Course content
Depending on the building envelope or mechanical services options the learning aims are:
› Define the Passive House Standard and basic principles of designing a Passive House
› Understand and be able to calculate R values for opaque building elements
› Understand the importance of thermal bridging and airtightness
› Locate the correct positioning of the airtightness and vapour control layers in relation to the insulation and structural layers in a range of typical construction types
› Understand the correct handling procedures for insulation materials and describe how the integrity of insulation is affected when wet or damaged
› Study a range of insulation types to different construction types
› Outline the steps and procedures involved in the performance of an airtightness test using the Passive House methodology
› Learn the correct airtightness treatment at door and window openings, service penetrations, joints vertically and horizontally, corners and where the wall meets other constructional elements
› Outline the methods available for avoiding thermal bridging including information on any proprietary product used to assist the process
› Identify suitable Passive House glazing and frame types and compare them to those commonly used in construction
› Understand thermal bridge values for Passive House suitable window and door installations in different construction types
› Identify and accurately interpret data from PHPP files to determine construction details
› Understand Passive House mechanical systems, including heat recovery ventilation equipment design, sizing, installation and maintenance
› Outline the key elements of ventilation ducting in Passive House projects and ensure high performance in terms of airtight and highly insulated penetrations
› Summarise supplementary heating and cooling in Passive Houses, technologies, sizing and installation

All learning materials are provided including the CPHT combined building envelope and mechanical training manual.

Final Exam
Certification as a Passive House Tradesperson by the Passive House Institute (PHI), Darnstadt, Germany will only occur on successful completion of the PHI exam which will be held at Box Hill Institute on date to be confirmed. Additional fees ($450) will be charged to sit this exam.

More information
To express your interest or find out more contact Susan Morris at .

TBC ($1,095 in 2017)

The Peel School of Passive House is a leading provider of Passive House training courses in North America. They have spent countless hours refining their courses to provide you with high quality material that will advance your Passive house knowledge and skills quickly and efficiently.

Current courses at the Peel School of Passive House:
Intro to PHPP with Andrew Peel: open for continuous enrollment from February 5th 2018

Course content:
Using PHPP in Passive House Design and Certification.
In this online course, participants will learn how to use the PHPP for residential building design and certification. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the relevant worksheets, while learning the correct conventions for measurements and calculations. Proper documentation will also be covered in detail. A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting PHPP calculations for building certification.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn the structure, inputs, and outputs of PHPP software
2. Select and input appropriate climate data sets in PHPP
3. Measure and record building characteristics (areas, volumes, etc.)
4. Specify building assemblies and components
5. Model HVAC systems
6. Assess building heat loss, energy demand and summertime overheating risk
7. Compare Passive House and North American standards
8. Understand proper sourcing of performance data
9. Gain practical experience in completing a PHPP assessment for a residential development

This course is suitable for both beginner and intermediate PHPPs users. We have found that individuals who have only completed 1 day of PHPP training benefit greatly from this course.

The course is structured into 4 sessions over the course of 2 months. Each session requires about 5-8 hours of commitment. You are invited to complete the sessions at your own pace, but it is recommended to keep a schedule of 2 weeks per session.

The Intro to PHPP course is recognized by PHI as further education training for Certified Passive House Tradespersons with 22 CPs under the ID: K028-2018-CA.

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A 10% discount is available for iPHA affliated members, including APHA members as well. Members have to email for a coupon code.