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The Passive House approach does more than deliver comfortable living spaces. Designing and building a Passive House dwelling has a range of effects in terms of sustainability, economics and climate.

This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of both how the Passive House Standard works and the specific scientific values on which it is based. It starts by examining the requirements that buildings should meet to maintain human health. It next looks at the impact of the building industry is having on climate change, plus the economics of the Passive House approach. Finally, an overview is provided of the health, sustainability and economics impacts.

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 of Passive House design and construction
  • Define the health requirements buildings must meet for human beings
  • Understand the impact the building industry has on climate change
  • Grasp the economic benefits of the Passive House approach
  • Manage the fundamentals of healthy, sustainable and economical building design

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

This course provides a handy overview of Passive House for architects, building designers, engineers, consultants, thermal-performance assessors, builders, tradespeople, and homeowners seeking to construct and design buildings that are healthy, sustainable and economical.

You will need a Mac or PC laptop with an audio and internet connection. It is highly recommended that you 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 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.