Passivhaus Affiliate

Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson Training (BRE)

Date: 29 - 30 October 2013 Time: Distance learning with 2 days face to face training plus 90 minute exam
Location: BRE Watford Cost: £550 + VAT (standard price); £500 + VAT (discounted price for CIOB and PHT members); Examination Fee £150 + VAT

The Passivhaus standard is the fastest growing low energy standard in the world with over 30,000 building constructed to date. It is widely recognised as a route to very low energy consumption whilst achieving excellent indoor comfort levels. To achieve the Passivhaus standard the building must be able to achieve excellent airtightness levels and this must be confirmed using on site air leakage tests and commissioning of mechanical services.

Excellent onsite workmanship and attention to detail is critical in achieving the required Passivhaus standards. To aid this process a new qualification has been developed by the Passivhaus Institut to recognise those tradespeople that can demonstrate the required level of knowledge to construct a building to the Passivhaus standard.

During the training the class will split into separate groups with the delegates choosing which route they wish to take when booking, this could reflect their professional background or trade, the groups will then change and receive best practice guidance on their non specialist subject providing delegates with rounded knowledge on all aspects of Passivhaus construction. At the end of the training all delegates will reform into one group for a further training and QA session.

During the lunch break BRE will provide 'optional’ tours of the facilities which includes the largest ‘Anechoic Chamber' in Europe, our ‘Structural Lab’, ‘Burn hall’, and the ‘Timber Library’ giving an insight to the history of BRE.

This course qualifies as 2 days Construction Certification CPD.

Event Programme

Morning Day 1:

  • Welcome and review of distance learning
  • Construction Quality Assurance

Afternoon day 1: Building Envelope Group

Thermal Insulation

Thermal bridges



Afternoon day 1: Building Services Group


Ventilation Special features

Ventilation existing buildings


Morning day 2: Building Envelope Group

Existing buildings

Basics: Ventilation

Basics: Heat Supply


Morning day 2: Building Services Group

Heat Supply

Basics: Thermal Insulation

Basics: Thermal bridges

Basics: Windows

Afternoon Day 2:

  •  Airtightness
  • Course review and QA session


Delegates will undertake a final 90 minutes ‘open book' exam at BRE to achieve the qualification of 'Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson'.  Dates for the examination 29th June or 23rd November 2013.

Intended Audience

Site Managers, Foremen, Project Managers and all site workers that oversee and commission to building standards through the build process

CIOB registration details are sufficient evidence of experience.  If you are not from a construction discipline, please send in a copy of your CV after booking.

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For more information

BRE Training 
01923 664829

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