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Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson Training (Whole House Energy)

Date: 6 June 2016 Time: 2 days
Location: Construction Training School, Norwich Cost: £700 +VAT (Exam fee £175 +VAT) 10% discount for PHT/AECB members

Why get the Qualification

With UK Building Regulations moving towards zero carbon 2016 the Passivhaus Standard is increasingly viewed as a viable and practical solution to achieve Carbon Compliance. Throughout Europe from 2021 all new buildings must meet the provisions laid out within the ‘Nearly Zero Energy Building’ in accordance with the EU Buildings Directive, for which the Passivhaus Standard is the basis.

The Passivhaus standard is the fastest growing energy standard in the world with in excess of 30,000 buildings constructed to date.

Passivhaus is a rigorous energy standard that benefits building occupants with huge reductions in energy consumption in addition to an extremely high level of indoor comfort. To achieve it however requires nothing more than very good detailed design and thorough good-practice through the construction process. This entails awareness of interdependencies of different components and also an ability to assess deviations from the planned work that might arise on site that could adversely affect the building performance.

Whilst predominantly a course aimed at trades people, a wider audience could benefit attendance, as there is a need for contextual knowledge and understanding throughout the industry. This qualification demonstrates competence and commitment to improving building standards by both individuals and organisations.


Course Overview

The course has been designed to provide the Passivhaus Institute training requirements. In addition to this, it includes practical sessions such as airtightness detailing, windows and ventilation examples, together with hands-on sessions and demonstrations. The basis of the course comprises of six interdisciplinary modules with two specific trades modules (thermal insulation/window installation and heat supply/ventilation). Each module will take approximately 2-2.5 hours. It is this core content that you will be examined upon.


Who Should Attend

• Building Tradespeople, Site Operatives, Site Managers, Project Managers, Clerk of Works, Clients Agents/Surveyors;

• Also suitable for Quantity Surveyors and Estimators, Building & Facilities Managers, Maintenance Operatives


Learning Objectives

• Delivered in modules the course covers Definition and Basic Principles of Passivhaus design;

• Airtightness and vapour barrier in typical construction types;

• Good practice with all types of insulation;

• Airtightness testing requirements and regimes;

• Importance of thermal bridging detail;

• Glazing choices and installation requirements;

• Understanding and interpreting of PHPP (the Passivhaus Planning Package);

• Good practice with MVHR (mechanical ventilation and heat recovery) design, installation and maintenance;

• Supplementary heat supply, source and emitter.


Course Details

• Full couse is two days with a combination of classroom based learning and practical demonstrations both in and out of classroom. 

• 90-minute open book ‘Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson’ exam. 

• The course qualifies for a 2 day Construction Certification CPD


Entry Requirements

• Provision of full CV demonstrating suitable experience and/or qualification.


Further Information & Booking

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01603 957104

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