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Certified Passivhaus Designer

  • 75 hours / 5 weeks
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Join our growing community of Certified Passivhaus Designers driving positive and vital change within the construction industry.

 

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Is this course for you?

Endorsed by THE PASSIVHAUS TRUST, this internationally recognised course offers an incredible learning experience, delivered by the UK's leading Passivhaus experts via a powerful mix of live sessions and tutorials, self-study and supporting materials, and including inspirational Passivhaus case studies and full support with the Certified Passivhaus Designer/Consultant examination. Our trainers are all actively working in the Passivhaus sector, bringing their wealth of experience in sharing best practice and how to tackle real issues that Passivhaus projects may encounter.

If you are a construction professional working in the UK and involved in the design of all types of Passivhaus buildings, or you want to improve the environmental performance of your projects, this course is for you. We teach the core concepts underpinning the Passivhaus standard, considerations and methodologies for design and the use of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) for achieving low energy performance. 

You will need some knowledge of UK construction systems, as well as a general understanding of maths, use of Microsoft Excel and an ability to read building plans.

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"Eye-opening, well-organised and inspirational. Other courses don't compare."

Flo McKnight, Croft Design Collective

What will you learn?

Our Passivhaus Designer course material is grounded in first-hand industry experience, preparing learners to deliver energy modelling and consult on Passivhaus projects.

We teach the core concepts behind the Passivhaus standard, considerations and methodologies for its implementation and the use of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) for achieving low energy performance. This course will teach you how to bring this learning to your projects as well as prepare you for the Certified Passivhaus Designer/Consultant exam.

 

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Next Steps

Upon successful completion of the course:

  • Earn Internationally recognised Passivhaus Designer / Passivhaus Consultant seals
  • Deliver Passivhaus schemes as a Passivhaus Designer / Passivhaus Consultant.
  • Join our growing network of Coaction industry professionals.
  • Deliver low energy buildings that perform as designed.
  • Gain additional PASSIVHAUS INSTITUT 'SPECIALIST SEAL' QUALIFICATIONS

 

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Course Fees

Coaction Training CIC is a social enterprise, and we work hard to keep our fees as affordable as possible whilst giving all our learners the confidence to deliver real world results.

  • Early Bird Price: £2,100 ex. VAT *
  • Membership Price: £2,500 ex. VAT **
  • Standard Price: £2,800 ex. VAT

Notes:

  • *To qualify for the Early Bird price, you must be a member of the PHT or AECB and book and pay more than 4 weeks before the start of the course.
  • **Membership Price is available to members of the PASSIVHAUS TRUST  or AECB. Visit their websites for further information on membership benefits and prices.
  • Get 10% off! Book 3 x places or more on the same course and we will discount your fees automatically.
  • Additional Course Costs- You will need a copy of the PHPP software for the PHPP module and exam. The PHPP 10 software costs from £180.00 ex. VAT and can be purchased directly from the AECB WEBSITE. (Multi-buyer and membership discounts are available.)
  • Our Passivhaus Bitesize course is included for FREE in the Designer course. If you have already completed this course separately please get in touch to discuss a discount. 
  • As a Community Interest Company any profits we make are reinvested to further support the upskilling of built environment professionals in the UK, through continued improvement of our courses and development of community and support activities.

 

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Course Overview

With teaching firmly based on UK building typologies from small-scale to large complex buildings, and including both residential and non-residential, you'll develop an understanding of:

  • What the Passivhaus standard entails.
  • How building physics impacts on building performance.
  • How core design choices impact on performance and achieving the standard, exploring form factor, airtightness, thermal bridging.
  • What the impact of different construction choices is, including insulation and glazing, and how to detail common construction elements.
  • Implications of summer overheating.
  • How critical good ventilation is and how to achieve it in Passivhaus.
  • How to deliver heating and hot water distribution.
  • Learn how to complete PHPP worksheets, understanding what to input and exploring the implications of changing the parameters.
  • What is a Passivhaus Designer/Consultant's responsibility on a project and how do you best work as a team to deliver successful Passivhaus builds.
  • Essential exam techniques and revision for the Certified Passivhaus Designer/Consultant exam.

 

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Course Structure

  • Our Passivhaus Designer course is split into distinct modules to guide your learning and build knowledge as we progress through the syllabus. The total study time commitment needed is 100 hours, with 60 hours delivered as live webinars across 7 weeks, and 40 hours of self-study during that time.
  • The course modules run on a part time basis of up to 3 days per week, with live sessions starting at 9:30am. There is up to 4 hours of live teaching each day plus a requirement for some additional homework and self-study during the week.
  • Each session is run by two of our experienced Passivhaus trainers.
  • Our homework exercises are designed to check your understanding from live sessions. Trainers will respond to your homework and answer your questions via a dedicated forum.
  • We encourage networking with your fellow delegates and provide the platforms to help you achieve it with ease both during and after the course.
  • Our operations team are available every working day for admin and technical support.
  • To continue your learning after completion of this training you will also get FREE access to Coaction’s Introduction to Therm online course and a discount for booking our PRACTICAL sessions.

 

Module 1: Introduction

Passivhaus Bitesize (study time: 20 hours over 2 weeks)

To make sure everyone is up to speed with the basics we start with our Passivhaus Bitesize course to take you through low energy design principles and essential concepts. There are 12 hours of self-study to complete in your own time over two weeks, plus 4 live online workshops to check and deepen learning (8 hours total).

NOTE: If you have already completed the Passivhaus Bitesize course separately please get in touch with the team to discuss.

Building Physics Basics (study time: 3 hours)

We provide self-study resources for a short introduction to building physics, working through the essential equations you will encounter on this course.

 

Module 2: Fabric (study time: 30 hours, 2 weeks)

The Fabric module explores concepts of building physics including heat transfer, the energy balance of buildings and what is necessary to ensure thermal comfort and avoid summer overheating, plus an exploration of how each of the required values can be calculated and what this means in practice for building design. At each stage, practical construction examples and guidance provide context to the science. Through 24 hours of live webinars over 2 weeks plus 6 hours of self-study, we explore elements of building physics, discuss how Passivhaus construction differs to standard practice, with a focus on achieving airtightness and thermal bridge free construction, and understand how successful design follows through to what happens on site.

 

Module 3: Building Services for Passivhaus (study time: 15 hours, 1 week)

This module covers the concepts, calculations and commissioning for ventilation design, heating systems and hot water distribution and a review of Primary Energy Renewable, through 12 hours of live webinars and 3 hours of self-study. We'll explore different elements of building services used in Passivhaus, essential learning regardless of whether you are a services engineer or not. If you're not a building services engineer we want you to be able to interrogate services design at a high level and understand how services requirements can influence the building design. If you are involved in services design you'll learn what's different to business as usual. This module covers the concepts, calculations and commissioning for ventilation design, heating systems and hot water distribution and a review of Primary Energy Renewable.

 

Module 4: PHPP - Introduction to Passivhaus Planning Package software (study time: 18 hours, 1 week)

Bringing together learning from the previous modules, we will guide you through completing a whole PHPP spreadsheet, allowing you to develop your understanding of the inputs, parameters and implications for building design. This module has 10 hours of live teaching and tutorials and approximately 8 hours of self-study.

 

Module 5: Exam Preparation (study time approx. 16 hours, 1 week)

The final module will prepare you fully for the exam. A short self-study module (4 hours) teaches you essential economics in preparation for the Passivhaus exam, followed by a live revision session (4 hours) to recap on the core concepts and guide you through what to expect during the exam itself and exam technique and tips. We provide plenty of support, practice questions and a mock exam. There will be small-group tutorials at the end to cover any specific areas of concern.

 

Final exam (3 hour online exam, open book)

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What our graduates say...


"Nice to be taught by really enthusiastic and committed practitioners. Thank you."

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"Thank you for your time, effort and care. I am hoping it will change the direction of my practice"

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"Thanks again to the trainers for a fascinating course so far, I am already feeling a lot of things falling into place."

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"I really enjoyed the course and learnt a lot from it. What's more many of my clients are very intrigued by the whole concept and are looking to embrace it following my discussions with them."

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"It was by far the best course that I have been on in the 25+ years since I started studying architecture. It was much more than I could have hoped for and I now feel much better equipped to carry on as a sole trading architect."

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"Eye-opening, well-organised and, quite honestly, inspirational. Honestly, others don't compare."

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"I found the quality of the teaching to be incredibly high with a real depth of knowledge shown by all and really obvious personal interest"

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"It was great to have trainers with a wealth of practical passive house experience."

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"The course was rigorous and I felt very supported throughout."

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"The best quality and most relevant training I have ever received, delivered by specialists with a huge amount of real-world experience."

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"The course was fantastic in bringing together so many different experts from different disciplines - demonstrating the collaboration that is required to design and build a Passivhaus."

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"The fact that each of the trainers has hands on experience in the field delivering certified passive houses is really what sets this course apart"

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"Fantastic trainers and extremely well run."

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