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Student Engagement

Passivhaus Student Competition

Passivhaus training & education



Academic Membership

Previous Student Competitions:    2023   I   2022   I   2021   I   2020   

Inspiring the next generation

Education and training is a key objective for the Passivhaus Trust. Over the next decade, we would like to train at least 50% of the industry to deliver Passivhaus. Nurturing the next generation of designers and contractors and providing them with skills to tackle the climate emergency is vital.  Building upon several successful student competitions, we are keen to continue strengthening connections between practice & academia. It is an invaluable method of knowledge sharing and arming students with practical skills. 

2021 PHT Student Engagement 2021 PHT Student Engagement: Train >50% of the construction industry
2021 PHT Student Engagement: Pivot Point 2021 PHT student engagement: Lessons from5 years of the Passivhaus Student Competition


Architects are implicit in the climate emergency. Fundamentally, students feel they are currently being let down by their architectural education. We require a change in the curriculum which embraces climate literacy teaching and assessment.

Megan Coe, education coordinator at ACAN.


Approximately 77% of students surveyed by the student branch of the Architects Climate Action Network (2021) think that their education is failing them in terms of climate literacy. With development of a new Passivhaus Trust website in progress and increased training courses, going forward we hope to make more Passivhaus resources easily accessible online.


Student Resources & Training

Are next-gen designers ready to tackle the climate crisis? Design Performance for Climate Action is a free-to-access training programme aimed to provide under-grad architecture students across the UK with a solid foundation in climate-responsive building design. 

Design Performance for Climate Action

This programme was developed collaboratively by the Passivhaus Trust and Coaction Training CIC, alongside the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Standing Conference of Schools of Architecture (SCOSA), and the International Passivhaus Association (iPHA). Additional useful learning resources are tabled below. 


Case Studies

Suggested reading list:

Certified Passivhaus Training courses:


Other useful links

Passivhaus Resources



Passivhaus at Futurebuild


International Passivhaus Open Days


2023 UK Passivhaus Conference


International Passivhaus Open Days

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Academic membership 

For University departments, as well as becoming a named partner on the Passivhaus Trust website, your membership will include group discounts to PHPP, recommendations to Passivhaus mentors and access to Passipedia. See the table below for benefits. To apply, please click here.

Individual student membership 

Student membership is available at an annual rate of £20 + VAT for individuals who are enrolled in a full-time course. A membership listing on the website is not included. All applications are subject to approval. To apply, please click here.

Greater benefits are available to University departments. We therefore urge students to encourage their tutors/ school departments to consider academic membership.


Academic membership

Individual Student

Recommendations to Passivhaus mentors.



Access to Passipedia. *For a limited number of students



Group discounts to PHPP software.



Discounts to certified Passivhaus training courses



Discounts on selected Passivhaus Trust training & events



Access to Passivhaus Trust research and other outputs




Previous competition winnners   

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Winners Team 2 concept image | Image credit: Timber Development UK
2020 Passivhaus Student Competition - winners 2019 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners
2018 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners & Highly Commended 2016 Passivhaus Student Competition Winners



#PHTstudentFurther information

Previous Passivhaus Competitions:  2023   I  2022   I   2021     I   2020   I   2019   I   2018   I   2016   I    2015

Passivhaus training & education

Passivhaus for Educational Buildings

Previous PHT story: Are next-gen architects ready to tackle the climate emergency? - 10th November 2023

Previous PHT story: Passivhaus training for all UK RIBA Architecture students - 14 November 2022

Dezeen: Students let down by their  architectural education" says climate action group – 10 March 2021

RIBA Journal: Bring green design into the classroom - 29 January 2021

RIBA The Way Ahead: Education and Professional Development Framework – September 2020



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