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How to Build a Passivhaus: Full Series

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How to Build a Passivhaus

Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling. They are built with meticulous attention to detail and rigorous design and construction, and are certified through an exacting quality assurance process.

This is a must-watch four-part webinar series for anyone interested in practical lessons learnt by the UK’s most experienced practitioners of designing and building to the Passivhaus standard. It is particularly aimed at recently qualified Passivhaus Designers/ Tradespeople working on one of their first small-to-medium-scale Passivhaus projects, seeking to learn from experienced practitioners with multiple successful projects under their belts. Visit our masterclass series on how these lessons apply to larger & more complex projects.

The webinar series aims to help overcome challenges or obstacles to delivering Passivhaus, sharing practical experience, rules of thumb and common dos and don’ts.

Four 1.5hr sessions:

  1. Design & coordination
  2. Building fabric
  3. Building services and quality assurance
  4. Handover and maintenance

Who should attend?

  • All those who are recently Certified Passivhaus Designer / Tradesperson qualified.
  • All those working on one of their first small to medium-scale Passivhaus projects.
  • All those who want to learn from experienced practitioners with multiple successful projects under their belts.
  • Clients seeking to understand Passivhaus best practices.

Course requirements

This is an intermediate course aimed at those who understand the basics of Passivhaus.  If you are just starting your Passivhaus journey, we recommend checking out the introductory courses (many of which are free) and browsing the PHT library before joining this webinar series.

By the end of this module you will be able to understand: 

  1. The benefits of building to the Passivhaus standard for building performance and comfort. 
  2. Key Passivhaus principles and the certification criteria for different types of Passivhaus. 
  3. How rethinking the design process can lead to real change in design and project delivery. 
  4. The role of PHPP as a design and quality assurance tool from design through construction. 
  5. Options for constructing the building envelope and other factors affecting fabric heat loss. 
  6. MVHR installations and benefits for CO2, temperature and humidity control. 
  7. The options for other building services: heating, hot water, and renewables. 
  8. The importance of effective construction management, testing, and inspections. 
  9. How to address common commissioning, maintenance, handover issues. 
  10. The concepts of soft landings and monitoring and the need for user engagement.  

Course Content

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Design & Coordination 2  1.5hr 6 Topics | 1 Quiz Buy to unlock
Introduction - Sarah Lewis, Passivhaus Trust
Design coordination & early decisions - Jonathan Hines, Architype
Fenestration & shading - Nick Grant, Elemental Solutions
PHPP and quality assurance - Sally Godber, WARM
Q&A session
Wrap up & closing comments
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  • Sarah Lewis, Passivhaus Trust
  • Jonathan Hines, Architype
  • Nick Grant, Elemental Solutions
  • Sally Godber, WARM

By the end of this module, you will learn:

  • The benefits of building to the Passivhaus standard for building performance and comfort. 
  • Key Passivhaus principles and the certification criteria for different types of Passivhaus. 
  • How rethinking the design process can lead to real change in design and project delivery. 
  • The role of PHPP as a design and quality assurance tool from design through construction. 
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Building Fabric 2  1hr40min 6 Topics | 1 Quiz Buy to unlock
In this lesson, you will learn the options for constructing the building envelope and other factors affecting fabric heat loss. 
More detailsSpeakers
  • Sarah Lewis, Passivhaus Trust
  • Bill Butcher, Green Building Store
  • Sally Godber, WARM
  • Paul Jennings, Aldas

In this lesson, you will learn the options for constructing the building envelope and other factors affecting fabric heat loss. 

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Building Services & Quality Assurance 2  1.5hr 6 Topics | 1 Quiz Buy to unlock
In this lesson, you will learn the options for other building services: heating, hot water, and renewables and the importance of effective construction management, testing, and inspections.
More detailsSpeakers
  • Sarah Lewis, Passivhaus Trust
  • Caroline Martin, WARM
  • Mark Siddall, LEAP
  • Will South, Etude

By the end of this module, you will learn:

  • The options for other building services: heating, hot water, and renewables. 

  • The importance of effective construction management, testing, and inspections. 

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Handover & Maintenance 2  1.5hr 7 Topics | 1 Quiz Buy to unlock
Introduction
Common issues - Sarah Lewis, Passivhaus Trust
Maintenance and commissioning - Alan Clarke
Benefits of MVHR in five charts - Sarah Lewis, Passivhaus Trust
Handover and user guidance - Jill Zhao, UWE Bristol
Q&A
Wrap up and closing remarks
More detailsSpeakers
  • Sarah Lewis, Passivhaus Trust
  • Alan Clarke
  • Jill Zhao, UWE Bristol

By the end of this module, you will learn:

  • MVHR installations and benefits for CO2, temperature and humidity control. 

  • How to address common commissioning, maintenance, handover issues. 

  • The concepts of soft landings and monitoring and the need for user engagement.  

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