This course is highly recommended for people intending to complete the Passive House Designer/Consultant course and sit the international exam. The examination to become accredited as a Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant is very challenging. Most people who sit the test run out of time to attempt all questions. Learning and practicing the maths and physics specifically relevant to the complex building physics related to the Passive House principles will be an excellent grounding for the Certified Passive House Designers course, with a view to improving the success rate in the notoriously difficult international exam.

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. To apply, visit

Passive House Course Enquiries;

To enrol, complete the relevant application form and email to:

National Code 0008CPH02
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.

Overview of Passive House (Passivhaus) Principles

Calculations tutorials

  • U-values of building fabric elements, including opaque elements and windows
  • Thermal bridge calculations
  • Heat gain / Heat loss calculations
  • Solar loads and impacts
  • Heat capacity and volumetric flow calculations for air and water systems
  • Concepts regarding climate and temperature
  • Electrical and power concepts  
  • Economics calculations i.e. energy costs saved annually by implementing Passive House method

You will be provided with a printed learning resource. You will need to bring a calculator to class.

Building designers, architects, engineers, consultants and thermal performance assessors who are considering studying the technically demanding Passive House Designer Consultant course and exam will find this course beneficial in their preparation.

Other Passive House Courses

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 House Tradesperson Examination

CPHD1  Certified Passive House Designer

CPHD2  Certified Passive House Designer Examination

Last updated: November 20, 2017 12:11pm