Certified Passive House Tradespersons Course

Upcoming course dates:

Tuesday 18/11/14 – Friday 21/11/14

Exams held on Saturday 22/11/14

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This course is aimed at experienced building trades people, site and project managers, self-builders and those wanting a more practical understanding of Passivhaus principles.


If you’ve watched TV programmes documenting the terrors of self-build, you can’t help noticing some exotic constructions from mainland Europe, which embody the principles of Passivhaus:

  • High levels of insulation
  • Very limited thermal bridging, reducing paths for conducted heat loss
  • Exceptional air tightness and sealing
  • Use of heat recovery ventilated to provide fresh air without the cold draughts
  • Glazing with very low heat losses

These principles require attention to design, especially to reduce overheating on sunny days and plenty of natural daylight. However, Passivhaus is as much about careful and considered construction, with attention to detail as it is about fancy materials or design.

The Passiv Haus standard, which originated in Germany in the 1990s, is the fastest growing accreditation in Europe, with over 30,000 buildings certified as meeting the standard. The PassivHaus Institut has developed a new course, aimed at anyone involved in the building process.


From the outside, Passive House buildings are no different from conventional buildings, because the term “Passive House” refers to a standard and not a certain construction method. Good planning and careful implementation of details are decisive factors in the construction of Passive House buildings, the world’s leading standard in low-energy, sustainable construction. The aim of this training for the ”Certified Passive House Tradesperson” certificate is to convey an overall impression of the interdisciplinary Passive House concept to tradesmen involved in the construction industry.

Course Contents:

  • 1.0 Passive House – Interdisciplinary principles

    • Passive House Definition
    • Passive House Criteria
    • The 5 pillars of the Passive House principles
    • Ecology and comfort
    • PHPP and other planning principles
    • Economic efficiency
    • Construction process and quality assurance
    • User information and user support

    2.0 Building Envelope Specialist – Training

    • Thermal insulation in the Passive House
    • Thermal bridge free construction
    • Passive House Windows
    • Summer comfort
    • Refurbishment of existing buildings using Passive House components
  • 3.0 Building Services Specialist – Training

    • Passive House ventilation
    • Why is ventilation essential?
    • Controlled home ventilation with heat recovery
    • Individual components of ventilation systems
    • Heating via fresh air in Passive Houses
    • Heating in the Passive House
    • Heat generation and heat distribution in the Passive House
    • Implementation-relevant details
    • Refurbishment of existing buildings

    4.0 Airtightness Specialist – Practical training

    • Air-tightness & Building Regulations
    • Blower Door Demonstration
    • Practical Air-tightness installation with Air-tightness tapes.


“Certified Passive House Tradesperson”

Building Envelope Specialist Certificate and/or Building Services Specialist Certificate The Passivhaus Tradesperson qualification is an internationally accredited by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. On successful completion of the exam participants are listed on the Passivhaus Tradesperson database.

There are 3 parts to the exam, all participants must sit part 1; part 2 is “envelope specialist” and part 3 is “services specialist” – participants can sit either of these disciplines or both. If you pass both you will receive two certificates. The course covers all content to successfully pass both.

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