Join the Passive House community

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

Matt Garrell
Matt Garrell
2021-03-17
Verified
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
Jackson Digney
Jackson Digney
2021-03-16
Verified
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!
ianrobertson2010
ianrobertson2010
2021-03-16
Verified
Top Notch...
Astrid Kandiah
Astrid Kandiah
2021-02-24
Verified
The PH designer course was fantastic. Daniel and Julia are passionate and knowledgeable. I felt very inspired after this course, and very well prepared for the exam.
James Ind
James Ind
2021-02-03
Verified
Although there is a lot of information to consume in a short period of time Daniel and Julia teach the passive house principles in a way that is easy to understand. The homework and exam preparation were key factors in being able to retain the information being taught.
Charith Siriwardana
Charith Siriwardana
2021-02-02
Verified
Daniel and his crew is doing an excellent job delivering Passive House knowledge to building industry professionals. I have done my passive house designer course in Nov-Dec 2020 and their help to prepartion for the exam was tremendous. They are not running courses for us to get through exams and leave. Daniel is creating a community by bringing his previous students to the class and let us talk to them and share knowledge. It's one big family we can share the knowledge and help each other so we don't have to figure out everything after the course. Really appreciate his passion to make our built environments more sustainable and efficent. Thank you so much for all your support to become a Pssive House Designer.
Nina
Nina
2021-02-02
Verified
A truely enlightening course. A huge amount of information is taught within a tight timeframe, by a passionate and experienced team.
Henrik Ender
Henrik Ender
2021-01-17
Verified
The SmartPlusAcademy PH Designer course prepares you well for the world of building physics and for understanding PHPP, the software for the very detailed Passive House standard. A year after the course, I am rediscovering my own course notes, refreshing forgotten facts.
Isaac Tyson
Isaac Tyson
2020-12-29
Verified
Daniel, Julia and their team run a very well organised program that gives you The best chance to conquer the passive house knowledge and understanding to pass the exam! It is delivered with a passion and enthusiasm that stems from knowing how big the benefits of Passive House are for the health, comfort and costs of being human and living in a house! Your brain, Business and planet will benefit from what you can learn here. Highly recommend!!
Ferdinand Tonscheidt
Ferdinand Tonscheidt
2020-12-29
Verified
Very knowledgeable and experienced teachers, as well as friendly and quick responding staff. What more can you ask for in an education provider! Can recommend their courses to anyone really!

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