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.


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

Course: $2,200 (Approximately)

Exam: $500 (To be confirmed)


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.

12 + 15 =

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