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Certified Passivhaus Designer Training (AECB CarbonLite)

Date: 9-12th + 23-27th September + 11th October 2019 Time: Two non-consecutive weeks + one separate exam date
Location: Hereford Archive and Records Centre, Hereford Cost: From £2100+VAT Early Bird price for the full course for AECB/PHT members

Certified Passivhaus Designer logoThe course is aimed principally at building professionals in the UK and prepares delegates for taking the Certified European Passivhaus Designer qualification. It introduces the principles behind the Passivhaus standard and methodologies and the use of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) for achieving low energy performance, with teaching firmly based on UK building examples. The AECB CarbonLite Programme is designed to prepare delegates not only for the exam but for future involvement in very low energy building projects.



This course is aimed principally at building professionals in the UK - architects, builders, building engineers and others who want to learn how to deliver real low-energy buildings. To get the most out of taking the full course we recommend that you need to have knowledge of UK construction systems, an ability to read building plans and an understanding of basic algebra.

Delegates who do not wish to take the exam can opt to take specific modules only to enhance their learning in particular areas.


Why choose the CarbonLite Passivhaus Designer Course?

The course

  • Guiding you – friendly trainers and small groups encourage a great learning experience

  • Prepare you for the Passivhaus Institute exam - Dedicated revision day, AECB's own practice exam paper, 30 pages of worked examples to take away.

  • Interesting and exciting – you visit real Passivhaus projects.

  • Sociable – delegates are encouraged to support each other and meals out are organised for networking

  • If you don’t pass first time – a free session is offered to look through your marked up paper by yourself

The material

  • UK focused – 100% rewritten – rather than the European CEPH material taught by others.

  • UK examples – from the UK domestic and non-domestic sector

  • Up to date – we continually update our material and teach V9 PHPP

  • Modular – sit our course in one go – or as separate modules to suit your availability and finances.

  • Exercises – lots of exercises used to continually affirm and test understanding.

  • Online – we have included the introduction to thermal bridges as a complementary course.

The trainers

  • UK experts – our trainers are the experts who are actually successfully designing/ building Passivhaus in UK

  • Highly experienced trainers – amongst others, Bill Butcher, Eric Parks, Mark Siddall, Alan Clarke, Sally Godber,  Will South and Nick Grant. Not to mention Peter Warm and the rest of the WARM staff who have supported over 200 buildings in low energy design, and are Passivhaus certifiers.

  • Variety of experience – our collective experience includes non domestic building, large residential schemes and real Passivhaus construction experience.



Week 1:

Week 2:

  • Monday: Fundamentals of Passivhaus
  • Tuesday: Science of Passivhaus Day 1 + Site visit 
  • Wednesday: Science of Passivhaus Day 2
  • Thursday: Construction of Passivhaus
  • Friday: day off
  • Monday: Building Services of Passivhaus Day 1 + Site visit 
  • Tuesday: Building Services of Passivhaus Day 2
  • Wednesday: Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) Day 1
  • Thursday:  Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) Day 2
  • Friday: Revision

Addtional: Online THERM course

You can view the course syllabus here.



  • Week 1: 9 - 12 September
  • Week 2: 23 - 27 September
  • Exam: 11 October



  • The full course (including the Revision session and exam) costs £2500 +VAT for AECB/PHT members. (£2800 +VAT for non-members). There is a £400 Early Bird Discount for bookings at least 6 weeks in advance. Secure your place with a 10% deposit.

  • One day module costs £350 +VAT for AECB/PHT members (£400 +VAT for non-members)

  • Two-day module costs £700 +VAT for AECB/PHT members (£800 +VAT for non-members)

  • To become a Passivhaus Trust supporter member costs £50+VAT for individuals. Company rates can be found here

  • PHPP9 software is required for the course and costs £135+VAT for members. Both can be added to your invoice at the time of booking for only £280+VAT.

  • The THERM course is an online course which complements the Passivhaus Designer training. Although it is not part of the PHI exam, we recommend taking it as a complementary course, and therefore now include it for delegates booking the full Passivhaus Designer course at a discounted rate. Online THERM includes one year’s access to the Moodle course and a nominal 2 hours support by email. The THERM software is free. The cost is £200 + VAT when booked separately.



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