Passive House Language and Mathematics

The PaLaMa Preparation Course

About the course

One of the hardest things about learning a new subject is getting your head around the terminology and basic concepts. The PaLaMa Preparation Course is designed to take the stress out of your learning journey by getting you up to speed with the key mathematical concepts and language terms used in Passive House.

Many students worry about their mathematical skills in particular when beginning Passive House study. The PaLaMa course helps you to revise and address any knowledge shortfalls before the bootcamp-style main certification course.

You will have access to course recordings to help you revise in private and improve at your own pace.

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Course Content

Learning Objectives

Students should:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the concept of Passive House
  • Learn basic Passive House vocabulary
  • Become familiar with the main Passive House formulas and mathematical concepts
  • Refresh mathematics skills, including:
  • Working with fractions
  • Transforming formulas
  • Working with units
  • Transforming units
  • Become familiar with the ‘magic formula’ that covers 80% of Passive House calculations
  • Become familiar with SPA’s Passive House formula booklet. (The booklet is available exclusively to SPA certification course students)

Topics

  • The Passive House Concept: Why Passive House?; energy management concepts; the Passive House standard
  • The 5 components and principles of Passive House
  • U-Value calculations
  • Window calculations
  • Airflow and air-quantity calculations
  • The magic formula. Mastering heat transfer (The SPA advantage)
  • Introduction into the economics of Passive House and dynamic modelling
  • Software tools: PHPP, designPH and bim2PH
  • The use of the psychrometric chart
  • General mathematical skills

Course dates & fees

May 2021

$ 297 (including GST)
  • Passive House Language & Mathematics Prep-Course
  • 12.05.2021 – 13.05.2021
  • Mon to Tue
  • 09:00 – 13:00 AEDT (GMT+10:00)

July 2021

$ 297 (including GST)
  • Passive House Language & Mathematics Prep-Course
  • 26.07.2021 – 27.07.2021
  • Mon to Tue
  • 09:00 – 13:00 AEDT (GMT+10:00)

November 2021

$ 297 (including GST)
  • Passive House Language & Mathematics Prep-Course
  • 08.11.2021 – 09.11.2021
  • Mon to Tue
  • 09:00 – 13:00 AEDT (GMT+10:00)

Recordings only

$147 (including GST)
  • Passive House Language & Mathematics Prep-Course
  • Access to course recordings for three months

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Course details

Prerequisites

No pre-knowledge is required.

Materials Required for class

PC, Mac or Laptop, good internet connection (4 Mbps)

Recommendation:
If you have booked the Mastery Package, you might want to have your printed formula summaries on hand.

Materials provided for class

You will be provided with recordings of the live sessions which occur during your course. These will feature Daniel Kress or Julia Kiefer teaching the course and also responding to student questions.

Is this course for you?

This course is aimed at anybody who wishes to undertake the Certified Passive House Designer course. It is suitable for professionals including architects, building designers, engineers, contractors, builders, policymakers, salespeople, teachers and anyone else involved in building design and planning.

Access

Students will have access to course recordings for three months. The course includes eight hours of live sessions with teachers. (Does not apply if Recordings Only option purchased.)

Teachers

Daniel Kress

Daniel 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”.

Julia Kiefer

After studying architecture in her native Germany, Julia moved to Australia in 2006. She then worked for leading architectural practices in Melbourne, Perth and Darwin, along the way gaining an understanding of Australia’s different geographic zones and the extremes of its climate.

Deeply passionate about sustainability and energy-efficient building design, Julia graduated as a Certified Passive House Designer in 2018. She has since made it her mission to bring about change in the building sector and to educate Australians about comfortable, healthy and sustainable living spaces.

In 2020, Julia joined Smart Plus Academy as assistant Passive House trainer. She now educates building professionals across Australia about the Passive House standard.

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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