The Passive House approach does more than deliver comfortable living spaces. Designing and building a Passive House dwelling has a range of effects in terms of sustainability, economics, and climate.

This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of both how the Passive House Standard works and the specific scientific values on which it is based. It starts by examining the requirements that buildings should meet to maintain human health. It next looks at the impact the building industry is having on climate change, plus the economics of the Passive House approach. Finally, an overview is provided of the health, sustainability, and economic impacts.


Outline:

Did you ever wonder if it is worthwhile spending the extra money to go passive?

This question has been bothering me too.

That is why I spent two months digging into data and speaking with certified Passive House builders and designers.

The findings are mind-blowing!

Simple design decisions can triple the additional Passive House costs for the same floor plan.

The additional costs are usually less than $400 per square meter floor area or 1.5-15%, depending on size and design.

But what does this all mean in real life?

The maximum financial burden caused by the Passive House additional expense is just the cost of a coffee a day.

 

Agenda:

  1. Introduction
  2. The current situation
  3. What on earth is a Passive House?
  4. Passive House in Australia
  5. Passive House Economics
  6. Household expenditure in Australia
  7. The Passive House Project costs
  8. Project cost analysis
  9. Does Passive House limit design?
  10. Does Passive House limit building methods?
  11. How energy efficient is Passive House?
  12. What stops us from doing this in Australia?
  13. Conclusion

 

CPD Points:

Upon the completion of the course, students would carry out the following study components:

  • 1 hour of lecture
  • 0.5 hours of self-assessment

A certificate with the participant’s name, stating the duration and learning targets will be provided.

 

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the basics of Passive House buildings
  • Define the Passive House standards economical concept
  • Understand the impact of building design on energy efficiency and costs of construction projects
  • Grasp the economic benefits of the Passive House approach