Passivhaus Affiliate

Certified Passivhaus Designer Training

Date: 7th-26th April 2012 Time: Distance Learning and 7 training days split over two weeks
Location: BRE, Watford Cost: £2,250+VAT (standard price); £2,000+VAT (PHT members)

The Certified European Passivhaus Designer (CEPH) qualification provides candidates with all of the skills necessary to successfully design and deliver domestic buildings to the Passivhaus standard. To achieve the qualification candidates will need to successfully complete 25 - 30 hours of distance learning, attend a 7 day ‘classroom’ based course with and successfully pass an examination which is set by the Passivhaus Institut.

This course qualifies as 7 days RIBA and Construction Certification CPD.

Programme : 

Each delegate will receive the login details for the BRE On-line Learning Portal three weeks before attending the course which contains introductory materials and exercises.  An on-line pre-course assessment is also undertaken within the learning portal before attending the course.  Delegates MUST complete the distance learning materials before attending the training course.  Delegates must also bring their own copy of the PHPP Manual to the training course.  Special discount on PHPP package is available to BRE Certified European Passivhaus Designer Training Delegates. 

Main course

Part 1: Held on first 3 days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday):

  • Day 1 - Introduction and Certification requirements, Fundamentals of thermal comfort and thermal insulation
  • Day 2 - Fabric and Construction detailing
  • Day 3 - Fenestration and Solar gains

Week break

Part 2: Held on last 4 days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday):

  • Day 4 - Airtightness
  • Day 5 - Ventilation systems 
  • Day 6 - Economics of Passivhaus, heating systems and services
  • Day 7 - Primary Energy, Construction Site Management and Quality Control

The course consists of a mixture of traditional lectures and practical workshops.  The Passivhaus Planning Package is used throughout the training and each delegate will have access to a PC workstation. (Delegates are welcome to bring their personal laptops).

Benefits of becoming a Certified European Passivhaus Design Consultant.

Examination and assessment

Delegates will be informally assessed before attending the main course by means of an on-line pre-course assessment via the BRE On-line Training Portal.  Delegates will need to demonstrate that they have read the introduction pack and have successfully undertaken all of the technical exercises prior to attending the course. Delegates should allow 6.5 days to undertake this work.

Delegates will undertake a final 3 hour ‘open book' exam at BRE to achieve the qualification of 'Certified European Passivhaus' Designer'.  Dates for the examination are 20 October 2012 and 07 December 2012.


  • £2,250+VAT (standard price)
  • £2,000+VAT (discounted price for Passivhaus Trust members, please call 01923 664829 or email for the discount code)

Intended audience :

Architects and Energy Consultants with existing experience in designing and delivering low-energy buildings. 

RIBA/CIAT/SAP Assessor registration details are sufficient evidence of experience with low-energy building design/energy calculations.  If you are not from one of these disciplines, please send in a copy of your CV after  booking.

This qualification is very technical in nature and a thorough understanding of construction techniques and low energy design concepts is needed.  Please phone 0845 873 5552 if you would like to discuss your suitability prior to booking.

How to apply

Download and complete the booking form and send it back by post or email. Post to: BRE Training, BRE, Bucknalls Lane, Garston, Herts, WD25 9XX

For more information:
BRE Training
01923 664829

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