In the UK, a number of organisations provide training on Passivhaus principles, how to use PHPP and how to meet the Passivhaus standard. Additionally, a number of organisations have been approved to provide training for Certified Passivhaus Designers/Consultants and Certified Passivhaus Tradespersons including the following Passivhaus Trust partners:
- The AECB through its CarbonLite programme | Plymouth, Bristol, London
- University of Strathclyde | Glasgow
- Building Research Establishment (BRE) | Watford
In order to promote adoption of the Passivhaus standard and ensure that it is implemented with correct quality, the EU funded the CEPH project to deliver robust training and certification for Passivhaus Designers across EU member states. The course provides advanced training for architects and energy consultants already experienced in energy optimised construction and renovation.
The course includes 80 detailed topics covering: The heat-insulating building shell, Construction heat bridges, Passive House windows, Air-tightness and Blower Door Test, Thermography, Ventilation, Summer comfort, Utilisation of residual heat, Quality Assurance of heating and ventilation, Passive House Planning Package (PHPP), Passive House factor 10 renovations, Non-residential Passivhaus, Profitability and Loan program calculations, Tendering and awarding contracts, Construction Supervision and Quality Assurance, Customer support.
On passing the exam individuals are registered by the Passivhaus Institute and can use associated materials to market their services.
The Certified Passivhaus Tradesmen course is a new qualification developed by the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) and will be focused towards site managers, supervisors and all those with responsibility in overseeing quality assurance on-site with the course content highlighting best practice techniques crucial to the successful delivery of Passivhaus buildings.
This qualification will provide a seal of approval for contractors and builders and provide them with a distinction which will make them well placed to build to the Passivhaus standard. The qualification will also give clients reassurance that a PHI qualified tradespeople will have the required level of experience and knowledge to construct a building to meet the Passivhaus requirements.
images courtesy: Dr Jon Hand, University of Strathclyde