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The Passive House approach is well known for the benefits it brings to the planet. But what are the advantages for the actual occupants of Passive House homes and offices?

This course aims to familiarise you with the wide range of benefits associated with Passive House living, including a reduction in heating and cooling costs. You will discover the risks that conventional houses pose to our health and how the Passive House approach addresses these.

The course will first focus on the health and thermal comfort advantages of Passive House. Next, comes an analysis of the security and safety challenges we face at home and how these can be addressed. We will talk about how economics and sustainability link together in the Passive House approach. Finally, we will discuss what to look for when building or buying a Passive House home.

Upon the completion of the course, students will have carried out the following study components:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • 0.5 hour of self-assessment

After completing this course, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the basics benefits of the Passive House approach
  • Define the health and thermal comfort requirements needed within homes
  • Understand the threats posed by potential power shortages
  • Understand the impact the building industry has on climate change
  • Grasp the economic benefits of the Passive House approach
  • Make educated decisions on how to choose building professionals.

  • 2 hours of lectures/presentations
  • 0.5 hours questions/quizzes

This course is designed to help professionals communicate the benefits of high-performing buildings, such as Passive House, to customers and others in the industry. And for anybody considering upgrading, buying or building a new home.

To undertake a study, you will need a Mac or PC laptop with an audio and internet connection. It is highly recommended to have a pen and paper ready to take notes.

Daniel Kress started his career in the construction sector as a carpenter employed on sites in his native Germany. He next worked in Ireland on what was then the world’s biggest modular residential project. After 10 years on the trades side of the building, Daniel completed a Master of Civil Engineering and worked as a researcher on EU sustainable building projects.

Daniel has been based in Australia since 2015, and in 2017 he founded the Smart Plus Academy. His vision is to help build a more sustainable construction sector and to promote dwellings that are comfortable and liveable while using minimal energy.

Daniel is a Certified Passive House trainer and through his work at the Smart Plus Academy and other institutions has helped train more than 50 per cent of the certified Passive House professionals in Australia today. Daniel’s philosophy is to “inspire and lead with passion and love” and “to contribute to society through teaching that inspires growth”.

After purchase, you will have six months’ access to the course recordings.