About the course

About the course

The 22-24 April 2020 course is to be delivered online - whilst social distancing requirements apply.

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, scan and return the enrolment form to passivehouseenquiries@boxhill.edu.au

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Code Course 2020 Dates
CPH01 Passive House Introduction

12 - 14 Aug

Online or City Campus CAE

CPHT1 Certified Passive House Tradesperson

7 - 11 Sep

Lilydale Campus

CPHT2 Certified Passive House Tradesperson Examination

12 Sept

Lilydale Campus

CPHT1 Certified Passive House Tradesperson

9 - 13 Nov

Lilydale Campus

CPHT2 Certified Passive House Tradesperson Examination

14 Nov

Lilydale Campus

CPHD1 Certified Passive House Designer

16 - 26 Nov

City Campus CAE

CPHDE Passive House Designer exam prep course

27 Nov

City Campus CAE

CPHD2 Certified Passive House Designer Examination

4 Dec

City Campus CAE



Course Details


Fees & Schedule


Johanna Trickett and Jessica Hogg 

Johanna Trickett is an architect and sustainability professional who not only recognizes the many challenges but also the many opportunities in creating a more sustainable built environment. Her professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Architecture, Passive House Designer accreditation and a Master of Science in ‘ClimaDesign’, which in combination allows her to approach projects with an interdisciplinary design and engineering perspective. Johanna has worked in various architectural and sustainability roles in Australia and Germany, with various roles, including Project Architect, ESD Advisor, Lead ESD Consultant and Project Leader. Having worked in two countries and on multiple international projects, Johanna has developed a keen interest in the communication of ESD concepts across national borders and across multiple project disciplines.

Jessica Hogg 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. Jess is also a qualified Green Star Accredited Professional as well as a Certified Passive House Designer and analyses the thermal performance of façade systems and completes feasibility studies for low and zero carbon technologies.

Course Content

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 (virtually) which has been retrofitted and extended using Passive House principles. See the unique aspects of the house and learn from the owner about his 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. Transport is not applicable for the April online delivery of the course.

Materials Required for class

You will be provided with a learning resource.

Target Audience

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.

Learning Pathways

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

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