Become a Certified Passive House Designer and Lead the Industry

Get a revolutionary education on how to design healthy and sustainable buildings that are economical.

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Every building should be healthy
and sustainable

It should not be a question

But most buildings are unhealthy and unsustainable.

You know that there has to be a better way.

Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

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Invest in the future, and be a leader of the building industry

Design sustainable & cost-optimal buildings worldwide

Passive House has a functional climate-independent definition and enables you to design energy-efficient & cost-optimal buildings internationally. Know how your designs will perform with your first draft. The introduction to the Passive House Tools will show you how easy it is to find out the performance of your design. Gain an internationally recognised certification in just two weeks. This light-speed learning puts decades into days and allows you to fit the missing knowledge into your busy life without quitting your job or investing years into night education.

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We don’t just care about buildings. We care about you.

  • Course pass-rate well over 90%

  • More than 100 businesses supported

  • More than 180 happy Passive House professionals

  • More than 20 years of experience compressed into days of learning

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Live ONLINE Passive House Designer Course

Limited seats available: up to 30 Students per course

Live ONLINE Passive House Designer Course

$3,497incl. GST
  • Live ONLINE Passive House Designer Course (8 days)
  • SPA Homework 2-3 hours per day
  • SPA Exercises 1 hour per day
  • Accesses to the SPA Homework and exercises recording until the exam*
  • Workbooks and handouts**
  • SPA formula sheet***
  • PHPP Software****

Passive House Designer Exam Prep Course

$397incl. GST
  • ONLINE Passive House Designer Exam Preparation Course (2 days)
  • 2 Mock-up exams as PDFs
  • Access to the course recordings*
  • Relevant Handouts for the exam**

Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam

$800incl. GST
  • Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant EXAM (3 hours)
  • After passing the exam you will be listed as a certified Passive House Professional on the international PHI website for 5 years
  • PHPP Required! ****

Passive House Designer - All in package

4,497incl. GST
  • Live ONLINE Passive House Designer Course
  • Passive House Designer Exam Prep Course
  • Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam
  • Webinar Support BEFORE the Course (min. 6 webinars over 3 Months if enrolled 3 months in advance)
  • Webinar Support AFTER the course (min. 12 webinars over 6 Months)
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*The recordings are live session of Daniel solving the questions in class. You can now follow the solution in your own time and as often as you need to.

** The workbooks in PRINTED form with additional explanatory notes. The handouts are exercises and essential documents as PDFs so you can reprint and redo them as often as you want to. Workbooks and handouts will be needed for the exam in printed form. Free delivery Australia wide!

*** This Formula sheet is a game-changer for all students. It will help you massively to understand the Passive House concept and pass the exam with ease.

****Passive House Planning Package Software (PHPP) is essential for exam registration. Every examinee needs a personal PHPP registration number.

What our students say

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“I have gained much more practical understanding after the course which is great when working on a projects and discussing ideas with clients. The course also gave me a great value in having more understanding and holistic approach not only in terms of building but also sustainable living.”

Izabela Katafoni 

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“Daniel was very knowledgeable in the topic of Passive house and energy conservation. Daniels passion towards educating people towards the benefits of Passive Building practices is admirable. I have no doubt the information and tools I took away from the training session will prove invaluable to me and my career.”

Jonathan Gilfillan

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“For me it was warm wind that helped me to fly in the right direction, thank you! People I met on your course are a great support and help along the way. I believe that is all as you’ve placed this passive bug in our skin and that’s amazing, well done! Also, once you learn it, you can’t unlearn it.”

Marta Kablar

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The certified Passive House Designer Course and Exam

After a welcoming introduction where you will be asked if it is okay to challenge you and take you out of your comfort zone, you learn how your focus is impacting your learning ability.

Following, you will learn the basics of Passive House design explained in an understandable way. Then you will be introduced to the Passive House concept and how it is all related to health and sustainability. After, you will start to discover the fundamentals.
Finally, we finish with homework preparation.

After a warmup session where you will find out what we all miss in our everyday life, you continue learning the basics. By now, you basically have everything covered. Now you learn the different parts in more detail. You will learn about the opaque building envelope and how to calculate the thermal performance of walls, roofs and floors. You learn about the different elements of the building envelope and how to avoid mould, moisture and thermal problems. Following, you will find out about blower-door testing and what can go wrong with these tests.

Finally, we finish with homework preparation.

Today you will discover Daniel’s Magic Formula, and you will find out that there is one formula that masters it all. After the first homework review, you learn about thermal imaging and that colourful images can lie. Following, you will learn about the most important part of the building envelope. the windows, and how to calculate the performance of windows.

Finally, we finish with homework preparation and exercises.

After the homework review, we will be focusing on ventilation and learn to design, size and to commission heat recovery ventilation systems. You learn the difference between HRV and ERV and what systems are available. By now, you have covered the 5 Passive House components in detail – which are thermal insulation, thermal bridge free design, Passive House windows, airtightness, and heat recovery ventilation.

Finally, we finish with homework preparation and exercises.

First, you learn about the design task of the exam and find out how to calculate the energy balance of buildings. After the homework review, learn about the heating, cooling and domestic hot water. You will learn why even in ‘hot’ climates like Sydney, we still design for the cold season, and you learn that domestic hot water is the biggest energy consumer in a Passive House. Following, you learn the strong limitation of ventilation systems to provide cooling.

Finally, we finish with homework preparation and exercises.

Like every other day, the economics day starts with a small coaching section and homework review. This eye-opening day shows why Passive House is economical and how the Passive House Tool can be used to make an economical decision on any building project. After this day, you will be able to say after what time the investment is profitable.

Finally, we finish with homework preparation and exercises.

After seeing the bigger picture and some hope, we will review our homework. What should we do with the building stock? Can we apply Passive House to existing buildings and is it economical? These important questions will be answered. But numbers don’t lie, and there is no one size fits all. After finishing the theory, you learn about the ‘why’ behind Passive House.

Finally, no more homework.

This morning will be all about priming and preparing you for the exam. This easy priming exercise will be a valuable tool for you for calming your mind. Then you will learn about the software and how it brings it all together. (This can only be an introduction, and additional studies are needed to master PHPP.)

DesignPH – the time saver and quality insurance

First, we will be summarising everything we learned, and we will do more exercises. Following, we will have an introduction into designPH the 3D modelling plugin for SketchUp and see how early on we already can determine the performance of our designs. Finally, we talk about quality insurance, and you will learn how to certify projects. The strong foundations of Passive House are set now, and you are able to separate the weeds from the seeds.

Finally, we will have a guest that will be talking about their experience.

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Need to know

You may think that your work has no impact, and you don’t see yourself as part of the solution. You actually can be part of the solution.

Buildings are responsible for 28% of the CO2 emissions that are causing Climate Change, and we spend over 90% of our time indoors, which could have a huge impact on our health. But it does not need to be that way.

Climate Change causes things like bushfires, droughts and storms. Poorly created indoor environments cause asthma, sick building syndrome and lung diseases. With Smart Plus Academy courses, you will learn how to design and construct healthy and sustainable buildings that are economical, so that your clients will breathe freely and generations to come can live healthily and enjoy the beauty of our planet as we know it.

If you are living in a home, these courses are for YOU. No matter what work we do, we all have a home to come home to, and our health and sustainability depend highly on it. No matter what level of pre-knowledge you have, from beginner to expert, our online courses give you Passive House knowledge in an easy to understand way.

Yes, Smart Plus Homes especially focuses on professionals in the building industry, policymakers and councils because they professionally design and build the world we live in. Only they can change the construction industry to a sustainable, climate-friendly industry. For you professionals, these online courses are only the start, and the certified Passive House Courses should follow after this pre-learning.

Passive House is the ideal tool to design and construct healthy and sustainable buildings that are economical with far more flexibility then passive solar design. Passive House leaves no room for guesswork: a basic 3D model plug-in and software based on Excel calculate your actual performance.

Passive House is suitable for any budget from social housing to big mentions. Bigger projects achieve Passive House easily, which makes it ideal for office buildings, apartment blocks, schools or libraries.

The average Passive House costs about 8% more, but with a smart and intelligent design, it could even cost the same. Though it is an investment up front, you’ll end up saving a considerable amount of money on heating and cooling once you make the switch from your conventional house to your Passive House.

In 1990, Dr Wolfgang Feist built the first Passive House or Passivhaus in Darmstadt, Kranichstein, Germany. Shortly after, the Passive House Institute (PHI), an independent research institute, was founded. Since then, Passive House has been growing quickly around the world. In 2011, the Australian Passive House Association (APHA) was founded. Today, Passive House is thriving, and the Passive House Standard is integrated into the Green Star Rating by the Green Building Council Australia (GPCA) and highly suitable for ‘The Living Building Challenge’.

Europe is going passive, and by 2021 all European Union Members will have nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) – in other words, the Passive House approach in building codes.

Our wish for you is that these online courses will only be the start of your Passive House journey and that you will also become a certified Passive House Designer or Certified Passive House Tradesperson.

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LIVE ONLINE certified Passive House Courses

Become a Passive House Professional and lead the industry

Due to COVID-19 all COURSES are ONLINE!
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Certified ONLINE Passive House Designer/Consultant Course

Location: Your home office

Time: 09:00 – 17:00 AEST (GMT+10:00)
+ 1- 3 hours of homework daily
Day 1–5: The Passive House concept
Day 6-8: The Passive House Implementation 

Course Available Dates:
23.11.2020 – 02.12.2020 – (SOLD OUT)

01.03.2021 – 16.03.2021 (every Mon to Wed) – (OPEN)
17.05.2021 – 10.06.2021 (every Mon and Thu)



Online Exam available dates:
Online Exam: Fri, 22.03.2021 (TBC)
Online Exam: Fri, 23.03.2021 (TBC)


Face to Face available dates:
Face to Face Exam: Sat, 20.03.2021
Face to Face Exam: Sat, 19.06.2021
(Sydney or Perth)*

*Due to COVID-19 the Face to Face exam may not be provided – TBC

Details of the whole schedule: FACT SHEET

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Certified ONLINE Passive House Tradesperson Course 

Location: Your home office

Time: 09:00 – 17:00 AEST (GMT+10:00)
+ 1 hour of homework daily
Day 1-2: Basics and Building Envelope
Day 3-4: Envelope and Building Services

Courses available dates:
09.11.2020 – 12.11.2020 – (SOLD OUT)
22.02.2021 – 25.02.2021 – (OPEN)
12.04.2021 – 20.04.2021 [every Mon and Tue]



Online Exam available dates:

Online Exam:  (TBC)



Face to Face Exam available dates:
Face to Face Exam: Sat, 27.02.2021
Face to Face Exam: Sat, 08.05.2021 
(Sydney or Perth) *

*Due to COVID-19 the Face to Face exam may not be provided – TBC

For the details of the whole schedule: FACT SHEET

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