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Deepen your knowledge of Passive House with a short course that explains the benefits – and incredible potential – of this building revolution. All welcome!

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About the Passive House community

The Passive House movement is taking Australia by storm. In recent years the number of certified builders and designers in the country has doubled annually, as Aussies warmly embrace the Passive House approach. Australia is now home to dozens of affordable, energy-efficient, comfortable homes and offices, with more Passive House dwellings being completed each month.

Now it’s your turn to get involved. Smart Plus Academy’s range of Passive House short courses are designed for anyone with an interest in producing or living and working in Passive House buildings. The courses have no academic prerequisites – you just need to want to know more about the potential of this revolutionary design approach.

Learn the benefits of Passive House for both building occupants and the planet. Discover why the Passive House approach is widely used in Europe to design and construct buildings that meet the EU’s strict near Zero Energy Buildings requirements. Find out why Passive House can be adapted to any climate zone and how Australia’s temperature extremes can be tamed through strategies such as airtightness, eliminating thermal bridges and installing high quality windows.

Choose a course that suits you

Our range of short courses are designed to give you a taste of the fascinating world of Passive House. For most courses, you can deepen your knowledge online at a time and place that suits you. Each course addresses a different element of the movement. If you’re a design or building professional or simply interested in living in a healthier home, a short course could make you as passionate about Passive House as we are.

The Passive House Design Introduction Course

Get acquainted with the fundamentals of Passive House and learn how the approach is transforming the way we live.

The benefits of living in a Passive House [CPD course]

Passive House doesn’t just help the planet. Learn how the approach can improve the comfort, health and safety of home occupants.

Why Passive House is just the first step [CPD course]

Passive House isn’t just about reduced energy consumption. It’s about building a better world. Find out how the approach can help create a more sustainable building sector.

The basics of Passive House construction [CPD course]

The perfect backgrounder for owner builders or tradespeople considering Passive House. Unlock the secrets of more efficient building.

Practical Passive House training

Go beyond the theoretical side of Passive House. Learn how builders and designers implement the approach in practical, hands-on situations.

Make a difference

The world we live in is under threat. An excess of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, produced by human activity, is altering our climate and changing weather patterns. We all need to make changes to the way we live if we hope to reduce and control the impacts of this challenge.

The Passive House approach is part of the solution. While acknowledging that humans will always need housing, it aims to reduce the energy required to keep dwelling occupants comfortable and safe. Passive House structures use up to 90-percent less energy than conventional dwellings, drastically reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced in creating the energy needed to control the internal environment. By choosing a Passive House office or home, you’re making a contribution that helps the environment in the same that recycling, driving electric, and reducing air travel does.

Together we can make a difference.

Let’s get social

Becoming involved in Passive House isn’t just about gaining knowledge. It’s about building connections with other like-minded people. Follow Smart Plus Academy on social media to keep informed about the latest industry developments and upcoming courses.

What our students say

Tess S
Tess S
2022-04-07
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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!
Pablo Shopen
Pablo Shopen
2022-04-06
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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.
srinitha raju
srinitha raju
2022-04-06
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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
Stuart McKenzie Hall
2022-01-12
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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.
sam foutoulis
sam foutoulis
2021-11-24
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Great course tought by a passionate experienced team!
Madhu Priya
Madhu Priya
2021-10-13
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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.
Wei-Chih Lin
Wei-Chih Lin
2021-10-09
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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.
Nick J
Nick J
2021-10-06
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Good course and content in preparation for examination. Supportive team prior to enrolling to discuss course suitability for my needs.
Andy Armstrong
Andy Armstrong
2021-10-06
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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!
Whisker Architecture
Whisker Architecture
2021-09-30
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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!

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