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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.