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.
What is Passive House?
The Passive House Standard is not a regulation, but a methodology and certification system for creating very thermally-efficient buildings. Passive House buildings allow for space heating and cooling-related energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared to average new builds. Although Passive House buildings have been around internationally for 25 years, at last these super energy-efficient buildings are now appearing in Australia.
Passive House buildings show great diversity in aesthetics, size, construction methods and materials. The following five details enable buildings to achieve the Passive House standard:
1. Exceptionally high levels of thermal insulation;
2. Well-insulated window frames with double or triple low-e glazing;
3. Thermal bridge-free construction;
4. Air-tight building envelope;
5. Comfort mechanical ventilation, with highly efficient heat recovery.
These principles, together with good orientation, window shading and efficient design comprise a building that is very thermally comfortable and energy efficient.
Win work in the emerging Passive House (Passivhaus) building sector
There are nearly 50 Certified Passive House Designers and Consultants in Australia and potentially hundreds of clients who want to build to this internationally recognised standard. Growing client demand for high performance, thermally comfortable and energy efficient buildings will provide work for specialist builders and tradespeople. However, there are only 26 certified Passive House Tradespeople in Australia. Consider upskilling, become internationally accredited and improve your marketing edge.
Becoming Passive House Accredited
The course offers the opportunity to sit the examination which is set by the Passivhaus Institut (Germany) and takes place all round the world on four pre-determined dates per year. On successfully passing the exam, you will receive the internationally recognised accreditation as
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 (date to be confirmed). Additional fees will be charged to sit this exam which also covers 5 years registration with PHI if successful.
Pro Clima Australia Pty Ltd offer a Passive House Tradespersons Scholarship. 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. To apply, visit www.proclima.com.au/scholarships2017/.
Passive House Course and Exam Enquiries:
Email: Web: www.boxhill.edu.au/courses/certified-passive-house-tradesperson-cpht1-sc/