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Passivhaus Contractor Training (AECB CarbonLite)

Date: 9 & 17 November 2018 Time: 2 consecutive days training, plus 2 half days revision and exam
Location: Manchester - venue TBC Cost: £360+VAT PHT members, £400+VAT non-members; £375+VAT revision and exam

AECB CarbonLiteA unique 2-day course tailored to all contractors and builders who are involved in any level of low-energy building construction. The course centres on core Passivhaus (fabric-first) building techniques that are suitable for every level of new build and renovation project, and includes both theoretical & practical sessions.

In addition, there are optional revision & exam sessions available for those wanting to become qualified as a Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson, which is one of the highest international quality marks available to demonstrate competence in the field of low-energy construction.

The course is managed on behalf of CarbonLite trainers and the AECB by WARM Low Energy Building Practice in Plymouth.

Theoretical sessions

There are very few trainings available in the UK that cover all the essential aspects of low-energy construction, including what it means practically when implemented on site. This training aims to fill this gap, providing knowledge & expertise in these key aspects of fabric-first construction for both new build and retrofit: 

  • Insulation
  • High performance glazing
  • Airtightness & windtightness
  • Thermal bridging
  • Building services, with a focus on ventilation with heat recovery

Theoretical issues are linked to real life field experiences of the facilitators throughout the course.

Practical sessions

Passivhaus Contractor Training - fitting wood fibre sarking boardThis training has several practical aspects, which include the following:

  • Insulation – installing flexible & rigid insulation (wood fibre) using thermally-broken fixings
  • Airtightness – installing membranes to different substrates with a variety of tapes & adhesives
  • Blower door test – understanding what to look for when a house is tested
  • Various practical calculations & exercises as part of theoretical sessions on airtightness and thermal bridging



Certified Passivhaus TradespersonFor those wanting to gain the prestigious qualification of Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson, there is also the option to attend a half-day revision session, followed later by a 90 minute exam. Those that qualify are then allowed to use the Passivhaus Tradesperson logo and will be registered on the global database for a period of 5 years. After this time, renewal is done through submitting evidence of experience with low-energy construction, or through additional training.



Course fees

Passivhaus Trust / AECB members - early bird: £200+VAT or full price: £360+VAT

Non-members - full price: £400+VAT

The course fee includes: tuition, handouts, coffee breaks, lunch.

The following additional fees apply for anyone wanting to take the subsequent revision session & exam to become qualified as a Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson: full price: £375+VAT



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Further information

Passivhaus Contractor Training [PDF]

For further information, contact the training team on 01752 542 546 or email training

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