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Introduction to Passivhaus

Date: 10 June 2014 Time: 08.00 - 17.00
Location: Heath House Mill, nr Huddersfield Cost: £295 (+ VAT) per person

Introduction to Passivhaus - Building a Passivhaus using standard UK building techniques

Training event & site visit 

Green Building Store's construction division Green Building Company are offering a one-day intensive course at Green Building Store's HQ in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire on Tuesday 10th June 2014. The course offers a practical and technical guide into the Passivhaus construction techniques used at UK projects such as the Denby Dale Passivhaus, the lessons learned and how the techniques can be applied to other builds. The course can also be combined with a product training day on Wednesday 11th June. 

The day is aimed primarily at architects and building professionals new to Passivhaus and is divided into intensive morning presentations, lunch time informal discussions and afternoon site visit to the Denby Dale Passivhaus.  All delegates will be provided with a full technical briefing summary on the Denby Dale build, including detailing and specification.

Topics covered in the course include:

•    Lessons learnt from Denby Dale Passivhaus and other UK Passivhaus projects.  Practical delivery
•    Understanding Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) 
•    The role of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) and 2-dimensional thermal (THERM) modelling in Passivhaus design

Feedback from previous training events

Comments included:

  • ‘A good holistic overview of Passivhaus with an excellent range of expertise on hand'
  • 'Extremely useful, highlighted issues I was not aware of'
  • 'A big thank you to Green Building Store and everyone'
  • 'I am very glad I came'
  • 'Very approachable.  Good examples used/ given.'
  • 'Fascinating insight into the real experience of achieving Passivhaus'
  • 'From very sketchy knowledge, I now feel I understand what Passivhaus is all about.  The handouts for each lecture were brilliant.'

Most valuable aspects for delegates have included:

  • 'Getting feedback from peers, and how Passivhaus works in practical terms (i.e. reality)'.
  • 'Bill (Butcher)’s practical details'
  • 'Site visit and informal networking'.
  • 'Able to ask questions and understand the ethos of Passivhaus'.
  • 'The visit to the finished project was very inspiring.'
  • 'Extremely informative overview supplemented by good technical information.'
  • 'Seeing the house and having time to wander round with the experts on hand to answer questions.'

Speakers and contributors

Bill Butcher

Director of Green Building Store and Green Building Company, Bill Butcher has been the project leader of the Denby Dale Passivhaus and Stirley Farm EnerPHit projects and is currently leading the Golcar Passivhaus build. Originally trained as a quantity surveyor, he has over 40 years’ building experience, including construction of the Longwood low-energy house in the early 1990s. Through his regular fortnightly Passivhaus diary blogs, written for, Bill sought to make Passivhaus construction methods accessible and easily understandable for the wider construction industry.

Bill is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a Certified Passive House Tradesperson. He also serves on the Technical Panel of the Passivhaus Trust and teaches on the Construction module of the CarbonLite CEPH Designer course.

Chris Herring

Director of Green Building Store and Green Building Company, Chris is one of the UK’s leading experts in high performance window design and has been advocating and pioneering sustainable approaches for most of his construction career. Chris was Technical Leader on the Denby Dale Passivhaus project. He worked closely with Bill Butcher to ensure the meshing of theory and practice of Passivhaus standards and technology with UK materials and building techniques.

Over the last 6 years Chris has been one of the leading proponents of the Passivhaus approach to low energy construction and of the adoption of Passivhaus standards and methodology in the UK.  Chris is the current  Chair of the Passivhaus Trust and until recently was the Chair of the AECB, the sustainable building association.  

Andrew Farr

Green Building Store's MVHR Technical & Development Manager and one of the UK's leading experts on mechanical ventilation with heat recovery for Passivhaus and low energy buildings.

  • Paul Smith - Green Building Store Senior Construction Technician – PHPP and modeling of construction detail.
  • Jude Wilson – Team Leader Green Building Company Construction Team.
  • Geoff & Kate Tunstall – Clients and owners of Denby Dale Passivhaus


Cost: £295 (+ VAT) per person

Agenda - download pdf

Booking form - download doc

Please get in touch if you need any suggestions for accommodation in the area.

Date: Tuesday 10th June 2014

Location: Green Building Company/ Store offices; near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and Denby Dale (20 minutes drive – transport provided if required)

Travel: Accessible by train via Huddersfield or Slaithwaite; close to M62 Motorway

Numbers are limited to 12

To book a place, please email or call Camilla on 01484 461705

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