This course is intended for anyone involved in design and planning who wishes to gain Passive House certification. The standard of teaching and coursework is approximately university level.
A solid understanding of basic design and construction principles is recommended. There are no academic prerequisites, but potential students should be self-motivated and able to undertake independent study and material review.
Materials Required for class
This course is conducted remotely with students participating and accessing study materials via the internet. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they have an adequate data connection. Speeds of 3 MBPS are required for the online course and 16 MBPS are required for the final online exam. Students need to supply their own PC or Mac computer. Other materials required include: a scientific calculator and black A4 two-ring binders.
It is recommended that students have coloured pens, post-it notes, plus web camera and microphone capabilities in their device.
Materials provided for class
In addition to having access to live online sessions, students will be given access to session recordings in which Academy founder Daniel Kress and lead teacher Julia Kiefer explain Passive House principles and answer questions. Students can watch and re-watch these as required, at a time that suits them. The slides used in the course will be provided as a printed workbook, with free delivery available across Australia. Handouts and exercises are provided in a downloadable PDF format to allow students to print and complete them multiple times if desired. Both workbooks and printed handouts will be required for the final exam.
Passive House Planning Package Software (PHPP) is essential for exam registration. Each student undergoing the exam must have a personal PHPP registration number. (Included in Package price)
Is this course for you?
This course is aimed at architects, building designers, engineers, contractors, builders, policymakers, salespeople and teachers. i.e. anybody in building design or engineering.
(This course is suitable for owner builders wanting to learn more about Passive House. However, sitting the final exam is not recommended or necessary for individuals who do not plan to work in the building sector.)
The Passive House Designer Certification Course runs over six days, during which time students have live access to teachers. Additionally, there are 2 days that are only available as recordings.
Students are further supported via pre-recordings of the course. Access can be provided up to 3 months before the start date of the course, and 3 months from the starting date of the course. Access can only be provided after full payment.
The printed materials include the core units of the course that are exam-relevant. However, PDFs are provided for all units, formula sheet, homework, and exercises.
The Complete Passive House Designer Certification Package additionally includes the 2-day self-paced preparation courses, 2-day self-paced exam preparation and the exam with up to 3 attempts.