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.
Daniel, Julia and the team behind Smart Plus Academy really break down the content of the Passive Haus content and requirements in a way that makes it accessible and relevant. The work they have done to make the content accessible is brilliant. They also work hard to make sure you pass the course and give the best chance of doing so. I don't think I could have done it without their help and guidance. Regardless the course and the building science was very informative and would recommend to all architects to get a good grip of what is happening in your buildings.
I've just completed my Passive Course and it was a great experience. Daniel and his team have worked very hard to prepare very insightful and helpful content. Highly recommended.
Recently completed the PH trade course and found it very informative with many takeaways that we have already implemented in the company.
Smart plus academy is an excellent asset to the industry with people who care about well-built homes' quality and performance,
Thank you, Daniel and Juila
The team at Smart Plus are all excellent. Superb knowledge and really user friendly website and tools make the whole package one of the best for education in how to build better buildings. Well Done!
An amazing level of support and learning resources from a very knowledgeable team, which continues after the training has been completed.
I highly recommend enrolling in a course or webinar with SPA, even if you're just looking to confirm whether Passive House is for you.
Thank you Daniel and Julia.
I highly recommend Daniel and the team. I am well into the design of my first Passive House project with a second in the works. Well worth the investment.
Daniel, Julie and the team at Smart Plus Academy have put together an amazing training course to help spread the knowledge and passion around passive house here in Australia.
The training course was informative, positive and passionate and I highly recommend this course to others looking to create better homes in Australia and around the world.
Excellent and detailed training on Passive House concepts, standards, and design. Tons of information packed into 8 days of learning across 2.5 weeks. I feel so much more informed on high performance design and material characteristics than before I took the course. Be prepared to make space in your regular schedule for the amount information that is packed into this timeframe
Leading the way in providing online education in Passive house! Great content delivered well, with a ton of additional resources provided as you go to help make sure you really understand what you have learned and can apply it in the real world!
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.