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 www.proclima.com.au/scholarships2017/.

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

Clare is a specialist in Passive House, with skills ranging from design through to certification. 

She is currently the Principal Sustainability Consultant at Grun Consulting - experts in ESD for town planning, multiple rating tools including LEED, Green Star and the Living Building Challenge, and energy ratings including NABERS & CBD. Grun Consulting also offers Triple Bottom Line consulting for organisations, including application of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework.

Clare is also currently the Director and Chair at Australian Passive House Association.  The Australian Passive House Association is an independent, not-for profit organisation which aims to promote Passive House principles as a way of providing superior indoor comfort and air quality while reducing energy use and carbon emissions from Australia’s buildings. Their mission: To Promote the Passive House standard in Australia: Raise awareness, Advocate, Educate to Support Passive House practitioners in Australia: Network, Discuss, Inform To Research issues relating to the implementation of the Passive House standard in Australia: Climate, Construction, Regulation.

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 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

CPH02   Preparatory maths and physics for Passive House Designers and Consultants

CPH03   Passive House PHPP Intensive

CPHT1   Certified Passive House Tradesperson

CPHT2   Certified Passive House Tradesperson Examination

CPHD1  Certified Passive House Designer

CPHD2  Certified Passive House Designer Examination

Last updated: November 20, 2017 12:05pm