Events

Heat Recovery Ventilation Masterclass – 23rd Mar, 2017

Join us for the first Melbourne Chapter event of 2017.

As one of the more important pieces of the comfort and energy puzzle that is Passive House – the ventilation unit, or mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) is largely responsible for keeping a building fresh and comfortable.

For this event, we will hear from both the experts and the user about what it is, why it’s used and the experience in a functioning project.

  • A brief introduction to the Passive House concept;
  • Passive, active or hybrid ventilation: what works;
  • How MVHR works in with required extracts and the NCC;
  • What it means for energy use & comfort;
  • The place of MVHR in low-energy buildings;
  • A brief case study of the first installation in WA.

Time: We invite you to pop by 6pm for a 6.30pm presentation.

Refreshments: Light food and drinks supplied

Transport: Public transport is suggested as parking will be limited

Costs: This is a free event for all, but places are limited and members are given priority.

Tickets: 40 available only. APHA Members take priority.

Directions: Head up to Level 2, GPO Building, 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

Joel Seagren

Joel Seagren

Sydney: Airtightness Masterclass – 22nd March, 2017

After receiving recent attention in the Green Building Council of Australia’s’ review of Green Star Design and As-Built V 1, airtightness (or often the lack of it) is now becoming a key focus area for those interested improving occupant comfort while driving down energy consumption and carbon emissions.

For this event, we will hear Sydney’s resident airtightness and building performance diagnostics expert, Sean Maxwell (Pro Clima, Australia).

Sean has conducted over 1000 blower door tests on small and large buildings over the past decade, has a passion for communicating building science concepts to those who will truly benefit from them and is the scheme manager of the Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association in Australia and New Zealand.

Sean has conducted over 1000 blower door tests on small and large buildings over the past decade, has a passion for communicating building science concepts to those who will truly benefit from them and is the scheme manager of the Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association in Australia and New Zealand.

As part of our Masterclass series, Sean will be imparting his knowledge around the practicalities of testing for airtightness via the use of blower door technology.

This will include:

  • The concept of air movement control with air barriers and ventilation in Passive House buildings
  • Air barrier design concepts and how they differ from small buildings to large buildings
  • How Blower Door testing is typically done, at two different stages in construction
  • How Blower Doors can be used to guide sealing efforts when things don’t go as planned
  • What are the typical points of failure for most projects?

Time: We invite you to pop by 6pm for a 6.30pm presentation.

Refreshments: Light food and drinks supplied

Transport: Public transport is suggested as parking may be limited

Costs: This is a free event for all, but places are limited and members are given priority.

Tickets: 50 available only. APHA Members take priority.

Directions: Head up to Level 1 Marcus Clark Building W, 875 George Street

Sean Maxwell

Sean Maxwell

Passive House goes mainstream at Sydney Build 2017

2017 very much seems like it is shaping to be the year Passive House has gone mainstream in Australia.

With Passive House presentations at the recent Improving Residential Energy Efficiency (IREE) Conference and next week at the Annual Green Cities Event, March will be rounding off with no less than 3 presentations/workshops at the Sydney Build Expo 2017.

This year we will see the launch of something new, The Australian Sustainability Summit, a separate stream of sustainable/green construction developments, opportunities and solutions for the Australian market. And it is here where some familiar faces will be providing feedback to how Passive House as a concept and construction methodology is shaping up.

In a joint workshop at 12.30pm, Sydney-based Architects and Certified Passive House Designers Fergal White and Kylie Mills will be questioning the role of Passive House and if it is the answer to a successful low energy buildings? Putting Passive House in context of NatHERS, this workshop will be aiming to build on the broader principles of this growing standard of comfort and energy efficiency.

Directly after at 1.30pm, Andy Marlow will be bringing the question of relevance even closer to home (for the Sydney-based audience at least), asking specific, contextual questions about the applicability of Passive House to Sydney climate and lifestyle.

Darren O'Dea

Darren O'Dea

Chairman, Australian Passive House Association

Passive House in a Nutshell

11:15 am – 11:45 am
30 March 2017
Conference Area

Darren leads the Building Physics (ESD) practice within Inhabit. Based in Melbourne, he is responsible for the growth and quality of Building Physics consulting services globally. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer and Chair at the Australian Passive House Association. As a passionate advocate of improvement opportunities in construction underpinned by proven science with a bid to make buildings healthy, energy efficient spaces, Darren aspires to make Passive House mainstream in Australia.

Kylie Mills

Kylie Mills

Architect, BluKube Architecture

Is Passivhaus the Answer to a Successful Low Energy Building?

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
30 March 2017
Workshop Area 2

Kylie enjoys changing people’s ‘construction’ experiences dealing with design & construction of their buildings through sustainable design, documentation and contract administration as a Registered Architect. Having completed the Passive House Design course in 2015, she has become an advocate and enthusiast for ‘passive house’, and more sustainable, low energy well-built buildings to be constructed in Australia.

Fergal White

Fergal White

Associate Director, Pidcock – Architecture + Sustainability

Is Passivhaus the Answer to a Successful Low Energy Building?

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
30 March 2017
Workshop Area 2

Fergal is a qualified Architect with 18 years work experience, both in Australia and Ireland, and has just been awarded a Postgraduate Masters in the Environmental Design of Buildings. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer. In recent years he has been focussing on the design, detailing and construction of sustainably designed low-energy residential projects in Sydney and has completed extensive research on achieving the Passive House Standard in various climate zones within Australia

Andy Marlow

Andy Marlow

Director, Envirotecture

Is Passivhaus Relevant to Sydney?

1:30 – 2.30 pm
30 March 2017
Workshop Area 2

Andy is a Director at Envirotecture, holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture and has extensive experience in sustainable design at a variety of scales. He  is currently researching the viability of Passive House to solve specific Sydney issues around density, solar access, acoustic challenges and resilience.

AIRAH’s Inaugural Building Physics Forum – June 2017

As many in the Passive House space know, fundamental to making buildings work effectively is understanding the science of the physical mechanisms that often lead to unintended operational disappointments.

Today, building science is emerging beyond the more general focus of ESD as the new basis to which we can look to improve the operational energy and health of our buildings. Based on the fundamental principles of managing heat, air and moisture

Based on the fundamental principles of managing heat, air and moisture flows within the building envelope, the practical application of building science aim to deliver as-built building envelope systems that work and will simultaneously deliver energy efficiency, moisture management and healthy indoor conditions.

AIRAH’s Building Physics forum in Brisbane (June 15) is a step in the right direction to realise our technical ability to deliver a zero carbon, high comfort and performance future for the building industry. A must attend event for all segments of the building industry space.

The forum technical committee is now calling for abstracts on array of subjects, including but not limited to:

  • Basics of the building envelope
  • Thermal bridging
  • Thermally broken façades
  • Thermal resilience case studies
  • Air tightness
  • Mould/humidity/IAQ case studies
  • Human comfort and building health
  • Linking design, building fabric, and HVAC systems
  • Building and architect challenges – failures and lessons learnt
  • Latest research
  • Suggest a building physics panel discussion.

Abstract submissions must not exceed 300 words and should also include a separate 100-word biography and high-resolution author photo (300dpi). Once an abstract is approved by the technical committee, speakers will then be required to submit a PowerPoint presentation before the forum. Abstracts should be emailed to  by Friday, 17 March 2017.

Melbourne Passive House Training Opportunities – 2017

Box Hill Institute are excited to announce that they are offering a great range of certified Passive House courses in 2017!

These include Tradesperson courses for builders and tradespeople wanting Passive House certification; an introductory course for architects, engineers, designers, consultants, builders, homeowners and students looking to improve their knowledge of Passive House design; as well as Passive House Designer/Consultant courses for architects, engineers and building consultants seeking international accreditation.

With the first course due to commence on the 9th of May, the programs will be delivered throughout the year at CAE-Melbourne by certified Passive House designers Burkhard Hansen and APHA’s own Clare Parry.

It is fantastic to see training opportunities increasing every year, and we look forward to Box Hill Institute’s courses welcoming more people into the Passive House community.

Passive House Tradesperson

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.

TeacherBurkhard Hansen
Fees: $1095
Course dates & location: 5 day block, 8:30am-5:00pm 11-12 May (Thu-Fri) + 15-17May (Mon-Wed) at Lilydale, Victoria; OR 5 Saturdays, 9:00am-5:30pm 7 October – 4 November at CAE-Melbourne
Enquiries:
Website: http://www.boxhill.edu.au/courses/certified-passive-house-tradesperson-cpht1-sc/
Video:  https://youtu.be/AfcQB9uxdtM

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 useful for designers, architects, engineers, consultants, builders, home owners and students. The alternative options for becoming internationally accredited with Passive House accreditation are discussed and also the rapidly growing demand in the Australian market for Passive House buildings.

Teacher: Clare Parry
Fees: $450
Course dates & location: 4 x evenings, Tuesday and Thursdays, CAE-Melbourne 10, 12, 17 and 19 October
Enquiries:

Preparatory maths and physics for Passive House Designers and Consultants

The international exam to become accredited as a Passive House Designer or Consultant is challenging. Most people that sit the test run out of time to attempt all questions. This course is highly recommended for people intending to complete the Passive House Designer/Consultant course and sit the international exam. Learning and practicing maths and physics specifically relevant to Passive House principles will be excellent grounding for the Passive House Designers and Consultants course and improve your chances of success in the notoriously rigorous international exam.

Teacher: Clare Parry
Fees: $450
Course dates & location: 4 x evenings, Tuesday and Thursdays at CAE-Melbourne 24, 26, 30 October and 2 November
Enquiries:

Passive House Designer/Consultant

Learn about Passive House principles and the methodology to create high performance, thermally comfortable and super energy efficient buildings. At completion of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to sit the Passive House examination which is set by the Passivhaus Institut (Germany) and takes place all over the world on four pre-determined dates per year. Before enrolling in this course it is highly recommended that applicants complete the Passive House Introduction course and the Preparatory maths and physics for Passive House Designers and Consultants course. So, get in on the ground floor, get qualified to practice as a Passive House designer or consultant so that you can tap into the rapidly growing demand in the Australian market for Passive House buildings.

Teacher: Clare Parry
Fees: $2200
Course dates & location: Tuesdays, and Thursdays at CAE starting 18 July to 21 September (20 classes). Students have 2 weeks free to prepare before the exam.
Enquiries:
Website: http://www.boxhill.edu.au/courses/certified-passive-house-designer-cphd1-sc/

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.

Teacher: Clare Parry
Fees: $450
Course dates & location: 4 x evenings 26, 28 September and 3, 5 October, Tuesday and Thursdays at CAE -Melbourne
Enquiries:

Passive House Designer/Consultant (Intensive 10 day course)

Learn about Passive House principles and the methodology to create high performance, thermally comfortable and super energy efficient buildings. At completion of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to sit the Passive House examination which is set by the Passivhaus Institut (Germany) and takes place all over the world on four pre-determined dates per year. Before enrolling in this course it is highly recommended that applicants complete the Passive House Introduction course and the Preparatory maths and physics for Passive House Designers and Consultants course. So, get in on the ground floor, get qualified to practice as a Passive House designer or consultant so that you can tap into the rapidly growing demand in the Australian market for Passive House buildings.

Teacher: Clare Parry
Fees: $2200
Course dates & location: 10 days, 20-24 November + 27 Nov- 1 Dec  
Enquiries:
Website: http://www.boxhill.edu.au/courses/certified-passive-house-designer-cphd1-sc/

Burkhard Hansen

Burkhard Hansen

Teacher

Burkhard Hansen is passionate about energy efficiency and living comfort. To Burkhard, Passive House standards are the foundation of a healthy living environment. Through modern engineering and considerations of building physics, Burkhard aims for Passive House to be a mainstream, affordable and readily available option. He has been involved in successfully executed airtight and energy efficient prefab construction methods in Europe and is keen to be part of the driving force of this change in Australia. To sustain and support this change, he believes it is vital to teach the awareness, knowledge, skills and understanding of building performance, both from a theoretical and practical level. Burkhard has over 14 years of experience working in various countries around the world implementing Passive House standards.

Clare Parry

Clare Parry

Teacher

Clare is a specialist in Passive House, with skills ranging from design through to certification. She is currently the Principal Sustainability Consultant at Grun Consulting – experts in ESD for town planning, multiple rating tools including LEED, Green Star and the Living Building Challenge, and energy ratings including NABERS & CBD. Grun Consulting also offers Triple Bottom Line consulting for organisations, including application of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. Clare is also currently the Director and Chair at Australian Passive House Association.

Certified Passive House Designer Course – Sydney

It is a big year for the Passive House Industry in New South Wales.

With projects in Redfern (11 studio apartments), Asquith (residential), Camperdown (residential retrofit) and many more in the pipeline, exciting times are ahead in the world of high comfort, high-performance design.

For those interested in getting involved in Passive House and joining the growing community of Designers and Tradespersons, APHA’s Sydney Chapter are excited to announce that in May this year, the Passive House Designer Course will be coming to Sydney for the first time ever!

Due to commence on the 28th May 2017, the program will be delivered over 9 days and see 20 participants learn the key passive house principles via lectures, group design and calculation exercises.

This challenging course will quickly build on the context of Passive House, enabling you to determine if a building design and construction meets the all-important Passive House criteria via the spreadsheet of doom, the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP).

At the conclusion of the training participants can enrol to take the exam on the 10th day to become a Certified Passive House Designer.

Who should be interested in being a Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant?

The course is aimed at Architects, Engineers (structural, mechanical), Building Designers, or related disciplines and those that seek to provide comfortable buildings to their clients and improve their environmental attributes.

Teacher

Dr Kara Rosemeier is the chair of the Passive House Institute New Zealand, leads the Passive House Academy New Zealand and teaches building science in Auckland. Previously, she has been the director of an engineering consultancy, advised federal state government in Germany on matters of building energy efficiency, supported private clients on Passive Houses design, and supervised hundreds of retrofit projects. She holds a PhD in domestic air quality and ventilation, a Masters in Planning Practice (Hons) and a Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) in Architecture

Course Objectives

For a full list of course objectives, click here!

  • 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
  • Outline key indoor air quality issues assured in Passive House buildingsnderstand 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
Fees

Course: $2,200 (Approximately)

Exam: $500 (To be confirmed)

Location

TAFE NSW: 651 – 731 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 200

Material Required

High quality training materials with examination preparation exercises are provided.

Licensed copy of the PHPP software CPHD training manuals and Exam preparation material.

Use of personal laptop for use of software for note taking and excel for PHPP use

We have now reached 20 expressions of interest. Additional registrations will be added to a waiting list. The APHA Sydney Chapter will confirm details by the 23rd of March.

14 + 10 =

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APHA at Green Cities 2017

Now in its 11th year and one of Australia’s key dates on the sustainability conference calendar, Green Cities continues to bring together thought leaders, industry experts and individuals with the aim of creating a common voice for the built environment.

Co-hosted annually by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Property Council of Australia (Property Council), this year will see a series of Masterclasses (Wednesday 8th March) that will be taking on three overarching themes:

  • Ready or not: The future of customers, digital and innovation
  • Environmental monitoring for health and wellbeing
  • Accelerating net-zero in Sydney

Between 1pm and 4:30pm, the ‘Accelerating net-zero in Sydney’ discussion will be taking place and posing the question – what does net-zero mean for high-rise residential buildings?

Difficult questions will be sure to have difficult answers while many contest the practical application of how to define net-zero high-rise residential buildings, and the ability of large, energy-hungry buildings to produce their own energy. In 2016, the City of Sydney commissioned a study looking into the pathway to net-zero; a key strategy identified from international case studies and progressive legislation is to apply the Passive House standard in combination with renewable energy.

The APHA’s Clare Parry will be representing the Passive House charge and describing the view of ‘The role of Passive House for achieving net-zero’. Joined by a host of great speakers, the Masterclass will set the platform for net-zero targets, market drivers, strategy, policy and local and international achievements. Key learning outcomes will be:

  • Net-zero technologies and designs
  • Net-zero and the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings and Precincts
  • Real world examples of buildings, policy and delivery programs

Full speakers list:

  • Carlos Flores – NSW Government: Net-zero target and market drivers
  • Clare Parry – Grun Consulting: The role of Passivhaus for achieving net-zero
  • Phil Harrington – Strategy, Policy, Research: Net-zero high-rise apartments
  • Paul Stoller – Atelier 10: Local and international Net-zero Residential building precedent
  • Sustainability team member – Australand: Efficient and renewable residential case study

SPPHC 2017: 5 reasons you cannot miss this event!

With just over a month to go, APHA are really excited about the region’s main Passive House event of the year – the upcoming South Pacific Passive House Conference 2017.

After an incredible turnout last year in Melbourne, the energy and enthusiasm are sure to be matched this year in Christchurch.

As we creep closer to the date, as if a ‘work’ trip to Christchurch and its amazing scenery is not enough, here are 5 highlights for this year’s event described by PHINZ Chair and Founder, Kara Rosmeier. 

  • Get amongst your peers – Being amongst other sane people is typically a highlight of every Passive House conference. For SPPHC17, you’ll be exposed to international Passive House experts as well as local greats, which provides ample opportunity for networking, and not feeling like you are the one on the wrong side of the motorway. 
  • Learning from the converted – You may learn a few new tricks from the people at the cutting edge of Passive Housing; for example, this will be the first time someone from the mother-load of Passive Housing, the German Passivhaus Institut, ventures into the South Pacific, and Jessica Grove-Smith, a senior scientist with them, is also good fun to be around. 
  • PHI CPD points – A first for our region, PHI has approved each day of the conference as 8 CPD points and the clinic as 5 CPD points. Attend all three days and you’ll gain 21 CPD points towards the renewal of your Passive House Designer or Consultant qualification. ADNZ members can claim CPD points for the conference, Primer and Clinic through the ADNZ website. 
  • Make new Friends in the PH community – The gala dinner on the grounds of an historic cricket field will certainly be a highlight. Not only will there be a great selection of regional food and wine, but you will also be entertained by a harpist from the Christchurch Philharmonics. Obviously, the gala dinner is another great opportunity to make new friends. 
  • The Clinic – a master class for Passive House professionals, where all the questions you were struggling with since you passed the exam will be answered. Moreover, if you register by the beginning of February for both a full conference and the conference Clinic, you get in the draw: one lucky winner will get their money for the clinic back. Hurry!

Here’s the link to book your place, we look forward to seeing you in Christchurch for what’s going to be a fascinating event!

9th Feb, 2017 Heat Recovery Ventilation Masterclass

Join us for the first Perth Chapter event of 2017.

As one of the more important pieces of the comfort and energy puzzle that is Passive House – the ventilation unit, or mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) is largely responsible for keeping a building fresh and comfortable.

For this event, we will hear from both the experts and the user about what it is, why it’s used and the experience in a functioning project.

  • A brief introduction to the Passive House concept;
  • Passive, active or hybrid ventilation: what works;
  • How MVHR works in with required extracts and the NCC;
  • What it means for energy use & comfort;
  • The place of MVHR in low-energy buildings;
  • A brief case study of the first installation in WA.

We invite you to pop by 6pm for a 6.30pm presentation, light food and drinks supplied. Free parking at Subi Homebase.

 

10 + 7 =

Roger Joyner

Roger Joyner

0419 600519 / ROGER@PASSIVHAUSPERTH.COM.AU

Passive House Certification – Worth The Effort?

Many people who seek a Passive House building do so for reasons of comfort, health and efficiency. Given these genuine and admirable outcomes, what role, then, does Passive House Certification play in a project?

Despite some misconceptions, it is not mandatory to Certify a project in order for it to be called a Passive House. This allows many more projects than would otherwise complete certification to attain the enduring and optimised outcomes. Passive House Certification is intended to verify and validate the as-built condition of a project. Key benefits include certainty that the designed measures have been achieved, as well as a marketable badge that can add value and surety for prospective purchasers.

In Australia, there are currently just seven Certified projects, all of them residential dwellings. Local certifiers are working on dozens more, though many more again will skip the Certification altogether. We chatted to the two accredited Australian Passive House Building Certifiers to find out more about the process, the key benefits, and what it is about Passive House that offers so much more to local practitioners than other building tools.

Building Certifiers: Luc Plowman (Detail Green) and Clare Parry (Grün Consulting)

What do you see as the key benefits for Certification?

Clare: It’s a stamp of quality, and a guarantee that the building has been constructed as per the design. Although many of our building standards and the tools they use have great intent, disappointingly, it is common for measures to be overlooked at construction stage to varying degrees. Certification is an independent verification; the Certifier remains independent of the project team.

Certification can result in added value to the project – there is data around for Australian projects showing that higher NatHERS ratings results in extra revenue at sale time. As Passive House exceeds NatHERS in terms of performance outcomes, we expect this to result in more value. Communication is key.

With so many methodologies around that all promise to achieve a high-performance building, and with a demonstrated performance gap of close to zero, Designers can also utilise Passive House Certification as a means to demonstrate a guarantee to their clients. We will likely see Passive House used as an alternative or agreed methodology to achieve other ratings such as NatHERS, NABERS and Green Star, as has been done both locally and overseas.

Why use a local Certifier?

Luc: Passive House Design, though straightforward in concept, painstakingly detailed in reality. As a result of local nuances, such as building practices, materials and regulations, a local certifier can make the process more streamlined. A tale relayed from a NZ project using an international Certifier was that they made some incorrect assumptions in their modelling that indicated their project had failed, sending the design team into a spin! Something that might be avoided using someone au fait with the region. The key differences, as I see it, in using a local certifier are:

  • In depth knowledge of local construction types and techniques
  • Better understanding of the local climatic conditions and how that translates into PH construction
  • Ability to provide site inspections to verify construction / assist with on site issues as necessary
  • Quicker turn around on the certification process and queries during design

What is the difference between a Passive House Designer and a Passive House Certifier?

Luc: A Passive House Designer sits on the design team, hopefully as an integral member, and advised the team throughout to design and construction. They may have dual roles, e.g. as the architect or designer, or the engineer. The Passive House Certifier remains independent, it is this independence that gives objective value to the Certification. You can be sure that the Passive House Certification is a true reflection of the project’s quality of build and that the building will perform as modelled.

Do you think the number of Passive House projects will increase?

Clare: Absolutely. There are at least 20-30 projects currently in various stages, and targeting Certification. Movement at various levels suggests that Passive House measures will be integrated in many sectors of the building industry, from incorporation at local through to national guidelines and codes. As the market matures, and products and services become more extensive and competitive, the cost of achieving Passive House will make as much sense as achieving any good quality build.

Do you think the cost of Certification is a barrier to its implementation?

Luc: It can be. It seems that the hardest part is selling the certification process and fees, I’m coming across a lot of people who like the idea but don’t want to spend the extra $ on certification.  So the easier it is to find us / know there is are local certifiers the better.

 

Clare: In my experience, it was quite difficult to get real value from the Certification process when the Certifier was thousands of kilometres away and operating in a different time zone. The real benefits are when you have the Certifier involved in the project from start to finish. Especially when your team might be new to Passive House, it can be extremely useful to sit down with the Certifier (or at least Skype!) and resolve things in real time, with the whole team. If they can be involved in a conversation with the Passive House Designer throughout the project, the outcomes can be quite well resolved and that’s the strength of the approach.

Canberra Chapter – December Monthly Meeting

You are invited to the December Monthly Meeting of the Canberra Chapter of the Australian Passive House Association.

To be held on Wednesday 14 December 2016, we will be meeting in the Housing Industry Association (HIA) (Home Inspirations Centre – 28 Collie St Fyshwick ACT) Boardroom from 5:30pm – 7pm (starting at 6pm).

This is a great opportunity for networking and to find out about the Passive House movement and about what is happening in Canberra. In addition, we will provide a brief presentation on:

Passive House FAQs

  • As we wind up the year, a chance to resolve all those niggling questions
  • Special prize for the most challenging question, and for the most illuminating answer

This event is for APHA members but open to anyone interested in Passive House.

Please feel free to pass on the invitation to anyone interestest and contact Ralph for more information.

* Refreshments provided
* Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month (except January)

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Ralph Frank

Ralph Frank

0401 994 081

HIA Home Inspirations Centre

APHA Presenting @ 2016 Energy & Water Efficient Public Sector Buildings & Facilities Conference

Energy and water efficiency are core issues for the design, management and operation of buildings and facilities and we will examine this in detail over the two days of the conference. New technologies, facility management, building services as well as staff practices and engagement will all be explored.

The 4th Energy & Water Efficient Public Sector Buildings & Facilities Conference will examine what makes for a more sustainable building, while reducing costs and improving occupant comfort and productivity.

This practical conference aims to focus on buildings and facilities used by:

  • Local Government,
  • Government Agencies
  • Public Sector
  • Health and Aged Care
  • Education – Universities, TAFEs and Schools
  • Museums, Art Galleries and Libraries
  • Sporting Facilities and Aquatic Centres
  • and Not-For-Profit Organisations

Speaking on day 1 @ 12.40, Jessica Hogg will be presenting Passive House (Passivhaus) Buildings: A Future in Australia. Be sure to grab Jess to say hi, she has a great PH brain and is always willing to get her geek on!

Jessica Hogg

Jessica Hogg

Associate Building Physics, Inhabit Group and APHA Board Member

HIA Build Smart Building & Renovating Expo 2016

Members of the APHA Canberra Chapter will be joining with Passive House Companies and Suppliers at the HIA Build Smart Building and Renovation Expo on Saturday 12 November.

The expo will be a great opportunity to explain and to promote Passive House to the general public and to individuals and organisations within the building sector.

The program will include a series of information sessions on building practices, finance, passive house, energy efficiency, and ACT Government energy programs.  The program also includes kids entertainment, live product demos, and door prizes.

Details: HIA Build Smart Building and Renovation Expo, Saturday 12 November 2016, 28 Collie St, Fyshwick ACT 2609, 10am – 4pm, FREE ENTRY.

28 Collie St, Fyshwick ACT 2609, Australia

International Passive House Days – this weekend

This weekend marks the second round of International Passive House Days for 2016. Two Passive House projects will be open in Australia – a house under construction in Melbourne and a completed project in Canberra – and APHA will also have a presence at the Build Smart Building & Renovating Expo in Fyshwick ACT.

Melbourne Open House

A new Passive House Plus build in Doreen – currently under construction – will be open by appointment on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th.

Full Details Here

73 Sunstone Blvd

Canberra Open House

A completed, Certified Passive House in Chifley will be open 1pm to 3pm on Sunday 13th.

Full Details Here

10B Anderson Street Chifley

Build Smart Expo

APHA will be represented at the Build Smart Building & Renovating Expo at the HIA Home Inspirations Centre in Fyshwick on Saturday 12 November.

See the Flyer Here

HIA Home Inspirations Centre

Canberra Event – Wednesday, 13th of July

The second monthly meeting of the Canberra Chapter of the Australian Passive House Association will be held on Wednesday 13 July. All welcome – details below:

You are cordially invited to the Second Monthly Meeting of the Canberra Chapter of the Australian Passive House Association

  • Date:  Wednesday 13 July from 5:30pm – 7pm
  • New Location:  Boardroom
    Housing Industry Association (HIA)
    Home Inspirations Centre
    28 Collie Street, Fyshwick ACT
  • Content: Brief Presentation – The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) in Real Life: A Comparison Between Designed and Actual Performance
  • Speaker: Harley Truong

An opportunity for networking and to find out about the Passive House movement, and about what is happening in Canberra

This event is for members of the Australian Passive House Association(APHA) and is open to the public. Please feel free to pass on the invitation.

* Refreshments provided
* Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month (except January)

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Ralph Frank

Ralph Frank

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Canberra Chapter Monthly Meeting

The International Passive House Conference, 2016

Read the full article by Clare Parry here: https://sourceable.net/the-international-passive-house-conference/

In late April, the 20th International Passive House Conference was held in Darmstadt, Germany. The pilgrimage is made from all over the world by hundreds of delegates keen to share, learn and showcase the building standard as it is articulated in various countries, cultures and climate zones.

The conference welcomed 1,000 delegates from 56 countries and offered a few key messages. Here are some of the main takeaways:

1.     Passivhaus is durable

A major reason for returning to the birthplace of the Passivhaus standard was to revisit the original ‘experiment,’ the Kranichstein Passivhaus. Wolfgang Feist’s own home, this building has very firmly stood the test of time in terms of comfort and energy efficiency. The main session to open the conference saw Feist himself present the outcome of now 25 years of study, with himself the Guinea pig.

2.     The economics stack up

There is now 25 years of data on both well-established and new projects, from small scale residential to high-rise office, schools, apartment buildings, to districts and schemes, as well as retrofits from the social sector, private projects and office buildings. The message was clear: Passive House works and makes clear economic sense.

“Over a third of the total energy consumed in industrialised countries is used for building operation, mainly for heating and cooling. About 85 percent of this energy on average can be saved with the Passive House Standard. Additional investment for a Passive House construction are usually amortised within a few years due to the low running costs,” the Passivhaus Institut notes.

3.     The tools are evolving – and the updates are going to be big

The PHPP 9 is up to v9.5; version 9.6 (free to current holders of v9) will be out sometime around June and will include, among other things, a great feature for retrofit planning. Users will have the ability plan a retrofit project over a number of years, a feature borne from the recognition that retrofits nearly always don’t happen in one fell swoop (German surveys revealed only 15 per cent of renovations occurred in this way).

The DesignPH v2 will include a few key updates, including the more accurate modeling of horizon shading (with a very cool import from Google Earth), the ability to import selected elements to PHPP (instead of a complete overwrite) and a very useful optimisation visualisation tool, the results tracker. It will also be possible to track your changes through iterations of the design and go back to something that perhaps worked better. Renewables can also be modeled and calculated against the building footprint (a valuable link to the PER calculation). All changes making the software plugin a much more powerful design tool for Passivhaus projects at any scale.

4.     Passivhaus in China is big. Very big

There were nearly 200 delegates from China alone, the biggest representation outside of Germany. Specific workshops on cooling and dehumidification were booked out, and the conference session on Passivhaus in China was packed – even standing room was scarce. At the affiliate representative meeting after the conference, the Chinese representative spoke of how things are not just blossoming, they’re booming. From a base of zero certified designers in 2015, there are now 42 and substantial rollout for the training. The Passivhaus Institut is responding to huge demand from the region, including project certification, research and demand for product recognition (in the form of product certification. And the Chinese government sees huge value in the application of Passivhaus, recently announcing the development of a further 100,000 square metres.

5.     Passivhaus is the future and for the betterment of people

Things got a little philosophical at some points, including during talks by the president of the Club of Rome, regarding the inequity evident in all sections of society and all regions, and the keen pursuit of humanity for betterment of our living standards. The Director of Sustainable Energy for the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Scott Foster, came to the stage stunned by the level of consideration of the conference for genuine commitment to scientific progress and climate change abatement, and talked of how partnerships within the Passivhaus community were leading the way in both improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, ultimately helping to progress the work of the United Nations. Claude Turmes, member of the European Parliament, decreed that “the Passive House movement was decisive in achieving the majority in the EU for the Nearly Zero-Energy Building.” Truly pioneering.

Read the full article by Clare Parry here: https://sourceable.net/the-international-passive-house-conference/

SPPH – Conference and Trade Show 2017

Hot off the back of this years South Pacific Passive House Conference, the Passive House Institute in New Zealand are getting ready for next years event.

With the dates set for the 03 – 05 March, 2017, it time to consider those cheap seat on flights heading south to Christchurch, New Zealand.

For those interesting in contributing in South Pacific Passive House Conference 2017, the Passive House Institute in New Zealand are calling for:

  • Well-established Passive House projects, and their performance over a number of years;
  • Passive House retrofits (EnerPHit projects);
  • Passive House projects at the design and building stage: what to repeat and what to avoid next time;
  • New products suitable for Certified Passive Houses;
  • The use of Certified Passive House products in our climates/building code contexts;
  • Economic effectiveness of Passive House new builds, retrofits and products;
  • Indoor air quality research in Passive Houses;
  • Light and fenestration research in the context of Passive House.

More Info here

Interested in super early bird rates… take advantage here

 

Upcoming Event: NSW

“Healthy and efficient buildings”Is this a contradiction in terms?

Are you in Sydney on the 10th November? Fancy heading along to hear more about Passivhaus-style buildings? Check out CIBSE NSW’s event on Healthy and Efficient Buildings.

Speakers: Dr Andreas Luzzi (Laros Technologies) and Peter Nemec (HVACR Supplies)

In our drive to be energy efficient, are we compromising the health of building occupants? For example buildings are becoming better insulated and more air-tight but can this lead to interstitial condensation and mould? One home, built in Belgium in 2005, was so badly affected it had to be condemned (the occupants suffered a range of allergic health problems, including ‘excessive tiredness, coughing and itching skin’). In this presentation our speakers will look at how you can deliver outstanding energy efficiency without compromising occupant wellbeing, using such techniques as demand controlled ventilation and latent/sensible energy recovery using sorption rotary wheels.

Webinar: Passive House Basics

Monday, 18 May 2015

5pm AEST

Join us for a webinar on the fundamentals of Passive House, hosted by the BDAV and featuring APHA board members David Power and Clare Parry. APHA members are entitled to the BDAV member rate.

Click here to register

(from BDAV:) Our next webinar will explain the fundamentals of Passive House. Passive House is a standard that is popular overseas, and is slowly making inroads in Australia. A few BDAV Members have embraced the Passive House philosophy, which promotes houses that feature superior indoor comfort and air quality while reducing energy use and carbon emissions. A Passive House is more than just a low-energy dwelling; it aims to ensure that the design and construction are done with the highest competence possible, and that it has withstood testing of performance. This webinar will explain what is a Passive House, where it has come from, how it is achieved, how much it costs, and what a Passive House looks like.

Upcoming Passive House Training Courses

Following on from the success of the first Certified Passive House Designer and Tradesperson courses in 2014, APHA is very excited to announce that there are now further opportunities for Passive House training in Australia.
The Box Hill Institute will now be offering BOTH the Certified Passive House Designer and Certified Passive House Tradesperson courses in Melbourne, with the next courses to be held in September. Public enrolments are now open.
With world-class training from Michael McCarthy of the Passive House Academy (Ireland), participants will be given the opportunity to obtain the internationally recognised Passive House credentials at the end of their training.
2015 Course Dates
For full details on the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant training and to enrol, please click here.
Course timing & duration: Mon 21st Sept – Friday 2nd Oct 2015 (9 days, excl. Mon 28 Sept), full time
Location: Melbourne – the CAE in the CBD (Flinders Lane).
Examination: Sat 10th Oct (note: additional fees apply for exam)
Learning targets: Outlined here.
Cost: AU$1,695 per person
Pre-requisites: The CPHD training is not for the faint-hearted! A basic knowledge of building physics is required, and the learning process is demanding.
If you believe that you need to undertake the basic building physics training, please contact the Box Hill Institute for information on upcoming Introduction to Passive House courses.
For full details on the Certified Passive House Tradesperson training and to enrol, please click here.

Timing & duration: Mon 14th – Fri 18th Sept 2015 (5 days), full time
Location: Melbourne – the CAE in the CBD (Flinders Lane).

Learning targets: Outlined here.

Cost: AU1,095 per person

Examination: date & time to be confirmed (note: additional fees apply for exam)

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

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