Passive House Language and Mathematics

The PaLaMa Preparation Course for Tradespeople

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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 maths concepts and language terms used in Passive House.

Many students worry about their maths skills in particular when beginning Passive House study. The PaLaMa course helps you to revise and address any gaps in your knowledge before the 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 maths 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)


  • 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)
  • General maths skills

Course dates & fees

October 2021

$ 147 (including GST)
  • Passive House Language & Mathematics Prep-Course
  • Fri, 22.10.2021
  • 09:00 – 13:00 AEDT (GMT+10:00)

February 2022

$ 147 (including GST)
  • Passive House Language & Mathematics Prep-Course
  • Self-Paced

May 2022

$ 147 (including GST)
  • Passive House Language & Mathematics Prep-Course
  • Self-Paced

Recordings only

$ 97 (including GST)
  • Passive House Language & Mathematics Prep-Course
  • Access to course recordings for three months

Course details


Teaching is at approximately high-school level. There are no academic prerequisites.

Materials required for class

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

Recommended: Please pre-print your SPA formula booklet if you have been supplied one as part of The Complete Passive House Certification Package.

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 Tradesperson course.


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


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.

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