Passivhaus Training

About Passivhaus

Why do we need Passivhaus Training? Well, what is a Passivhaus?

Passivhaus is a low energy design standard, that achieves exceptionally comfortable buildings with minimal carbon emissions.

Some of the key characteristics of a Passivhaus include:

  • Excellent levels of thermal comfort
  • Very low energy demands
  • Provision of consistent fresh air throughout the building
  • High levels of insulation
  • Airtight design resulting in draught free construction
  • Low energy costs
  • Minimal/low thermal bridge levels


A Passivhaus has rigorous design standards and can be certified to prove the building has been designed to the assured Passivhaus criteria. Local weather data is used to ensure the building is in tune with its location.

Passivhaus Certification


Passivhaus certification is an independent process that ensures Passivhaus standard for complete buildings, building components and building designers and contractors. Certification can be seen as the formal assessment and approval of the quality of a project, or component.


Types of Certification


The different types of certification include buildings (to be a certified Passivhaus), components (a building component that has been approved by the Passivhaus Institute), or people (designers, consultants, tradespersons that have carried out specified training courses).


Today, we will focus on the types of certification for people!

Certified Designer

Certification for designers or consultants who have expertise to design and deliver Passivhaus buildings. These people will have completed a Passivhaus training course to ensure full understanding of the Passivhaus principles and requirements. The qualification must be renewed every five years. There are also advanced qualifications such as Trainer, PHPP Expert, and others.

Certified Tradespeople

A certified tradesperson is someone who has a key understanding of Passivhaus principles such as airtightness. The tradesperson must have taken a Passivhaus Tradesperson training course. There are also advanced qualifications including Retrofit Expert and Site Supervisor.


In order for a building to receive Passivhaus certification, it must be signed off by an independent certifier. Certifiers have in depth Passivhaus experience, an expertise in PHPP, a Passivhaus Designer/Consultant qualification and a Passivhaus Certifiers qualification.

Passivhaus Training UK


We have put together a list of some of the places where you can take your Passivhaus Training Course in the UK.

Passivhaus Training with Peter Warm and AECB

Passivhaus Training

Courses for Passivhaus Designer, Contractor, Bitesize, Self Study and more.

BRE Academy

BRE Passivhaus Training

Courses for Passivhaus Designer.


MosArt Passivhaus Training

Courses for Certified Passivhaus Designer and NZEB specialist.

Passive House Institute E-Learning

Passive House Institute Training

Various Passivhaus courses.

Other Complementary Passivhaus Training

Below we share some other organisations that provide training that would compliment your Passivhaus learning and increase knowledge of some of the main Passivhaus principles.

Green Building Store

Green Building Store Training

Green Building Store offer a range of training opportunities for building professionals, focused on best practice design & construction for Passivhaus & low energy buildings.

Ecological Building Systems

Ecological Building Systems Training

Ecological Building Systems is to achieve ‘Better Building’ by adopting a ‘Fabric First’ approach to design, with the use of more natural materials to optimise building performance and durability.  We deliver quality products with full technical support.

The Green Register 

Green Register Training

The Green Register trains construction professionals from all disciplines of the industry to build better, more sustainable buildings. They cover all aspects of sustainable building practices from healthy buildings, passivhaus and retrofitting older buildings through to highly technical training sessions on the holistic management of heat, moisture and air tightness.
You can also find further information from the Passivhaus Trust UK

Passivhaus Training Worldwide


There are a large number of Passivhaus training courses worldwide.


We recommend you check out the full list over at the Passive House Institute.


Full list of training at Passive House Institute


The Passive House Institute also provides its own training courses.

Passive House Institute Training Courses


Learn More About Passivhaus

If you want to learn more about Passivhaus you can check out our book Understanding Passivhaus – A Simple Guide to Passivhaus Detailing and Design.
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