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 had such a wonderful experience and felt completely supported every step of the way during the course. Highly recommend if you're looking to become a Certified Passive House Designer!
A comprehensive and challenging course providing a very strong foundation for your passive house journey. Julia and Daniel are knowledgeable, inspirational and understanding teachers who are very good at explaining complex topics and condensing the huge volume of information. I would highly recommend this wonderful course.
Daniel Kress brings this amazing energy to class, seeing how passionate he is and his belief in passive house has motivated me all the more! The passive house designer course is very well curated to the T, they have left no stone unturned and ensured they detailed every aspect keeping in mind that learners from various levels of experience undertake this course. As a sustainability graduate with very little industry experience I found it rather easy to navigate through the course because of their systematic approach.They provide you with all the required study materials and their 6-day online course delivered by Julia gives you a complete walkthrough of all conceps. Julia and the support team are very helpful whenever you need assistance in any way! It's been an honour to undertake this course with SPA and I couldn't recommend it more! To anyone looking to start their Passive house journey, THIS IS THE PLACE TO COME!
Stuart McKenzie Hall
Excellent, detailed and thorough course, well presented perfect for a serious step in improving your Passive House Designer journey and obtaining a valuable qualification. Highly recommended.
Great course tought by a passionate experienced team!
I can say with utmost confidence that I made the best use of the Sydney lockdown by enrolling myself in the Passive House Designer course by the Smart Plus Academy.
Initially I was a bit skeptical about undertaking the course since I had just completed my Masters degree and had no prior industrial experience in this field and hence was not sure if I will be able to understand the concepts. But the course material was designed in such a way that it explained in great detail about every aspect of Passive House design. The effort put in by Daniel and Julia in delivering the concepts and engaging with the students through the homework tasks and exercises ensured a great level of understanding. The support team was also very prompt in answering our queries. Clearing the final exam was a cake walk with the level of preparation that we were put through.
Overall, it was a very knowledgeable experience and I highly recommend this course for those who aspire to bring about a positive change in the built environment.
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!
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.