Learn about Passive House principles and the methodology to create high performance, thermally comfortable and super energy efficient buildings.

What is Passive House?

Passive House is a design and construction methodology for creating very thermally-efficient buildings. Passive House buildings allow for space heating and cooling-related energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared to average new builds. Although Passive House buildings have been around internationally for 25 years, at last, these super energy-efficient buildings are now appearing in Australia.

Passive House buildings show great diversity in aesthetics, size, construction methods and materials. The following five details enable buildings to achieve the Passive House standard:

  1. Exceptionally high levels of thermal insulation;
  2. Well-insulated window frames with double or triple low-e glazing;
  3. Thermal bridge-free construction;
  4. Air-tight building envelope;
  5. Comfort mechanical ventilation, with highly efficient heat recovery.

These principles, together with good orientation, window shading and efficient design comprise a building that is very thermally comfortable and energy efficient.

Pro Clima Australia Pty Ltd offers a Passive House Scholarship. Enrolled applicants have the opportunity to apply. The successful applicant will receive the full subsidy for the course delivered by Box Hill Institute and the externally assessed exam. To apply, visit the Pro Clima website.  

Passive House Course Enquiries: passivehouseenquiries@boxhill.edu.au

To enrol: Complete the relevant form, which you can find online and email to: passivehouseenquiries@boxhill.edu.au.

National Code 0008CPH01
Study Areas Building Design
Study Level Short Course
Campuses City Campus
Fee $700
Concession Fee $700


Start End Fee Description  
1/May/2019 3/May/2019 $700, $700 Concession BESCPH0101C - 3 Sessions - Wed to Fri - 9am-4pm - 01 May to 03 May 2019
16/Oct/2019 18/Oct/2019 $700, $700 Concession BESCPH0102C - 3 Sessions - Wed to Fri - 9am-4pm - 16 Oct to 18 Oct 2019

Jess Hogg is a Certified Passive House Designer and a qualified Green Star Accredited Professional. She has experience working in the sustainable development industry in both the United Kingdom and Australia. A qualified mechanical engineer with a background in building services, she is experienced in dynamic thermal modelling for energy and carbon emission calculations, as well as comfort assessments and the use of different sustainability rating tool frameworks. 

What is Passive House (Passivhaus)?

The theory behind Passive House including;

  • Exceptionally high levels of thermal insulation
  • Well-insulated window frames with double or triple low-e glazing
  • Thermal bridge-free construction
  • Air-tight building envelope
  • Comfort mechanical ventilation, with highly efficient heat recovery

The benefits of a Passive House Building

  • Indoor air quality
  • Thermal comfort
  • Energy efficiency
  • Improved acoustic separation from external noise
  • Financial return on investment

Debunking myths around Passive House

  • Windows open?
  • Airtight building and indoor air quality?
  • Passive House design is only suited to cold climates?
  • And more…

What are the tools and skills needed to design and build a Passive House?

  • The role of accredited Passive House Designers, Consultants and Tradespeople.
  • What is the PHPP?
  • How to become internationally accredited?
  • Opportunities for work in the Passive House Sector

Australian Passive House examples

  • Insight into completed Australian Passive House buildings and also ones in the design and construction phase.

You will have the opportunity to visit a home which has been retrofitted and extended using Passive House principles. See and feel first-hand the unique aspects of the house and learn from the owner the experience of building to Passive House principles and living in the home.

Please note that transportation and transportation costs to local Passive House example/s are not included in the course fee.

You will be provided with a printed learning resource.

This course is a useful introduction for building designers, architects, engineers, consultants, thermal performance assessors, builders, tradespeople and home owners seeking to build a highly sustainable home.

People considering studying the technically demanding Passive House Designer Consultant course and internationally recognised exam will find this introductory course beneficial in their preparation.

Box Hill Institute offer a range of Passive House courses including;

CPH01   Passive House Introduction

CPHT1   Certified Passive House Tradesperson

CPHT2   Certified Passive House Tradesperson Examination

CPHD1  Certified Passive House Designer

CPHD2  Certified Passive House Designer Examination

Last updated: December 12, 2018 03:33pm