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Experienced tradespeople know how to construct conventional buildings. But how are Passive House homes and offices different? What particular challenges – and advantages – are involved in building a Passive House structure? And how should these be addressed?

This course aims to answer these questions. Participants will first look at the essentials of installation and details implementation. We will then examine the challenges that can be faced on site and how to overcome them. Finally, we learn about assessing the performance of the building.

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

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

After completing this course, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the basic criteria and principles behind Passive House
  • Know the individual components of Passive House
  • Assess the impact of the building performance
  • Understand the impact of common mistakes in Passive House construction
  • Understand how to overcome challenges when building a Passive House dwelling

  • 2.5 hours of lectures
  • 0.5 hours questions/quizzes

This course is aimed at tradespeople, site supervisors and contractors involved in the construction of Passive House buildings. It may also be of interest to architects, designers and developers.

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 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.