The Passive House movement is changing the way Australians live. Passive House buildings are:
Passive House design principles can be applied to any domestic or commercial building, from the most humble home to the tallest skyscraper. The approach allows for extraordinary flexibility around building design, size and materials.
Passive House construction techniques deliver a stable, liveable band of temperatures throughout the year, keeping occupants comfortable in all seasons. The combination of insulation and ventilation allows for noise-controlled, airy living spaces.
The Passive House approach provides designers and builders with extraordinary control over building performance. And home owners can tailor their environment to their needs – and moods.
Poorly ventilated spaces can sap the energy of occupants and promote the spread of damp, mould and mildew. A key aspect of the Passive House approach is continuous ventilation which circulates oxygen, energises occupants and helps eliminate toxins and spores.
Most modern houses use far more energy than is necessary. Collectively, the world’s buildings account for some 39 percent of CO2 emissions. The Passive Houses approach reduces the energy required for a comfortable home environment by up to 90 percent.
Comfortable, more sustainable living doesn’t need to be expensive. You can take your first steps towards embracing Passive House principles with an investment equivalent to one take-away coffee a day.
Online courses for DESIGNERS
Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant
Home owners across Australia are waking up to the real benefits of the Passive House approach. Join the growing group of professionals qualified to design Passive House buildings with this intensive course explaining the core principles for creating healthy, economical, comfortable homes in any climate zone.
Help to pioneer Passive House construction in Australia. This course teaches you to adapt your construction techniques to the Passive House approach, equipping you with the skills needed to build healthier, more energy efficient, more comfortable buildings. Learn how to follow Passive House design principles for different climate zones, materials and client briefs.
Gain an understanding of the terminology of Passive House and the key mathematical principles behind the movement. Includes live and recorded online sessions. Available live and as recorded online sessions.
The Passive House approach brings benefits to both building occupants and to the planet. If you’re new to the Passive House movement and want to learn how this standard is transforming buildings in Australia and overseas, our short courses can help.
I enrolled in the Certified Passive House Designer Course and I highly recommend the course. The course tutors Daniel and Julia, and the team were very helpful, professional, and knowledgable.
Good course and content in preparation for examination. Supportive team prior to enrolling to discuss course suitability for my needs.
Highly recommend! Efficient, passionate and professional educators who go the extra mile to provide Passive House courses for designers and builders. Students gain more than just a qualification, but also continued communication and support from the SmartPlusAcademy family!
I wish I'd done it sooner. My only advice to future students is to make sure you have the time to study without interruptions. Running a new business whilst doing the course was a challenge!
I absolutely loved this course!! I went into the course unsure of how a passive house would work in our climate being in Queensland. I am so happy to have the experience to do this course as there was so much information and confirmed that it is definitely something we can build in Queensland and I think everyone should be following this style of building. Daniel and Julia were great lectures and went into a lot of detail and explained the process of building a passive house very well. I can’t wait to implement what I have learnt.
Fantastic course and teachers. Very enjoyable and informative.
A really comprehensive course that informs technically as well as practically. Highly recommend doing the passive house tradie course if you want to build better! Great teachers too
Very happy 😊. Daniel and Julia went and put a huge effort in on exam day to get us over the line.Lynden
Just completed the PAssive House Designer Course. Great course, these guys know their subject.
Clear, concise & relevant. Having recently undertaken the Passive House Designer course and exam with Smart Plus Academy - I can only recommend!
They take the science and physics behind the Passive House standard and break it down clearly and thoroughly. Tailored to local conditions, the methodology applied in the course I took was the perfect way to kickstart my passive house aspirations.
Thanks Daniel, Julia, and the team!
Passive House (German: Passivhaus) is a voluntary, global standard for commercial and residential buildings. The aim is to produce affordable homes that are healthier, more comfortable and sustainable.
Developed in Europe in the 1990s, the approach allows for a reduction of energy use by 50 to 90 percent compared to conventional buildings while offering occupants extremely high levels of comfort and environmental control.
The Passive House approach is suitable for buildings of any sort in any climate zone. It uses proven scientific principles to radically reduce energy consumption while still allowing for a high degree of flexibility around design and construction. Globally, the implementation of Passive House standards is overseen by the Passivhaus Institut, of which the Smart Plus Academy is a registered training provider.
A dwelling designed according to Passive House standards clearly separates the indoor environment from the outdoors. While the external conditions and temperatures are fluctuating constantly, inside the dwelling temperatures remain in a comfortable range between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. This is all achieved without the need for a massive heating and cooling system.
The Passive House approach provides designers with extraordinary control over performance outcomes. Meanwhile, building owners have precise control over their environment and the ability to cut their bills and reduce their environmental footprint.
How does it work?
As the name suggests, Passive House buildings rely largely on ‘passive’ influences such as sunshine, shade and ventilation to achieve comfortable temperatures rather than air conditioning and heating. The approach involves creating a high-performing building ‘envelope’ tailored specifically to the site and local climate. Mechanical ventilation ensures the continuous flow of air into your living spaces, while energy harvesting and heat recovery keep internal temperatures comfortable.
While Passive House originated in Europe, it is suitable for any climate zone and extraordinarily comfortable and energy efficient homes have been built and are being built across Australia.