Passivhaus Designer Course and Exam

Whilst Hereford is known as a passivhaus hot spot it does not have the same catchment as London. To compensate for this we push the boat out to make this an extra special course. As well as the unique chance to study in a passivhaus building, this year we have arranged additional site visits to a wide range of excellent projects.

Previous participants have come from as far afield as Japan and Scotland.

We are now taking bookings for the next Passivhaus course at the Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre in Hereford, in September. To book contact Ingrid Bravo on 01752 542 546 or email

Become a Passivhaus Designer!

Upcoming course in Hereford, starting on 4th September

Book now and save £400 with our Early Bird Rate!

Learn about the fundamentals, science, building services and construction methods needed to achieve Passivhaus. Also, learn to use PHPP software and take a revision session to prepare you for the exam.

Superb Passivhaus Venue! Take the course at the Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre which is the first building of its kind in the UK to be designed and built to the rigorous Passivhaus standard, and received Passivhaus certification in February 2016.

Our Course Programme:

1. Take the relevant modules as a course

book the full course or only individual days:

Week One: 4th-7th September

Mon 4th Sept – Fundamentals of Passivhaus + Site Visit.

Tue 5th Sept – Science of Passivhaus + Site Visit.

Wed 6th Sept – Science of Passivhaus day 2 + Site Visit.

Thu 7th Sept – Construction of Passivhaus.

Week Two: 18th-22nd September

Mon 18th Sept – Building Services of Passivhaus + Site Visit.

Tue 19th Sept – Building Services of Passivhaus day 2.

Wed 20th Sept – PHPP with + Site Visit.

Thu 21st Sept – PHPP day 2.

Fri 22nd Sept – Revision Session.

2. Sit the Passivhaus Designer/Consultant Exam

half day on 7th October:

Take the Passivhaus Designer Examination to become a Certified Passivhaus Designer/Consultant.

Visit Six Passivhaus Projects

(including a tour of the Archive),with the opportunity to meet the occupants and designers.

We will be going on tours to six exciting Passivhaus Projects. We have chosen an interesting mix of under-construction, nearly finished and completed buildings. Each visit will take place on a different evening†during the two weeks and we will end the visits at the local pub.

Who are the trainers?

Our trainers have been involved in the design, construction and certification of many successful Passivhaus projects in different sectors. They have the practical and theoretical skills to achieve successful low energy buildings. Meet the trainers here

Early Bird Rate:

The full course cost is £2000+VAT* for bookings at least 6 weeks in advance. Normal cost is £2400+VAT*

Or book individual†modules:

  • One day module cost £300 +VAT*
  • Two day modules cost £600 +VAT*

*All prices are for AECB/PHT members. (AECB membership from £45+VAT)

Become a Certified Passivhaus Designer! Book the course by email or visit the AECB Training Pages or call us on 01752 542546.

Passivhaus Designer Course at the Passivhaus Archive in Hereford

Download information and pricing here

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This will be the second time we have run the Passivhaus Designer Course in Hereford and I am really looking forward to it.

It is a great experience running a Passivhaus course in a Passivhaus. There are a number of local Passivhaus projects and last year we managed to visit 2 Passivhaus dwellings. We also took the occupants out for dinner which gave participants the chance to grill them on what it is really like to live in one!

If you are local to Hereford then this is a great opportunity but if not it is a great place to visit. Last year we had delegates from Japan and Edinburgh as well as London and other exotic places.

Early bird rate ends on Friday 22nd July!

week 1: 5th – 8th September

week 2: 19th – 23rd September
PHI Exam: 8th October

Additional online course: Introduction to using Therm to model Thermal Bridges.

Superb Venue: HARC, Passivhaus Building in Hereford

The Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre is the first building of its kind in the UK to be designed and built to the rigorous Passivhaus standard, and has received Passivhaus certification in February 2016.

The building was designed by local Passivhaus Architects Architype. The energy strategy for the archive repository was developed by Alan Clarke and Nick Grant with Building Services design by E3.

Also, winner of RIBA West Midlands Award &  Constructing Excellence Awards for ‘Best Value Project’ and ‘Best Sustainable Project’ 2015.

What can you expect when booking with AECB Carbonlite:

Passivhaus and Low Energy Building Design is rapidly becoming an essential skill for architects, consultants and self-builders. Our course will give you the confidence to tackle UK low energy projects along with more specific guidance on achieving the standard of air tightness and thermal bridge free construction required by the Passivhaus standard. 

    • Our course is delivered by highly experienced UK professionals and leads to international accreditation as a Certified Passivhaus Designer or Consultant.
    • Our course is up to date and it is the ONLY course developed specifically for the UK using UK building examples, rather than the European CEPH material taught by others.
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      Who are the trainers? 

      This course is written and taught by leaders in UK Passivhaus development. They are the experts who are actually successfully designing/ building Passivhaus in UK: amongst others, Bill Butcher, Alan Clarke, Sally Godber, Nick Grant, Eric Parks, Marine Sanchez, Mark Siddall, and Passivhaus Certifiers Mike Roe, Will South and Peter Warm. Biographies at the AECB/Meet the trainers

      Our Hereford Course Programme:

      Book Now & get the Early Bird price: full course and exam for only £2000+VAT*. (This offer finishes on the 22nd July – Normal cost £2.4K) Or book individual days:

      Week 1:

      • 5th Sept – Fundamentals of Passivhaus
      • 6th -7th Sept – Science of Passivhaus + Site visit and optional meal out.
      • 8th Sept – Construction of Passivhaus

      Week 2:

      • 19th – 20th Sept – Building Services of Passivhaus + Site visit and optional meal out.
      • 21st – 22nd Sept – PHPP **
      • 23rd Sept – Revision Session
      • International Passivhaus Institute examination  – 10am-1pm on Saturday 8th October

      *Individual 1 day course £300+VAT and 2 days course £600+VAT (for AECB/PHT members) AECB membership is £45+VAT.
      **Need suitable laptop for this module.

      If you have any question please contact Ingrid Bravo at 01752542546 or email

The First South Pacific Passive House Conference & Trade Show

New Zealand Passivhaus Conference and Study Tour

Elrond Burrell Mark Siddall Bronwyn Barry Nick Grant panel discussionI am just back from two weeks in New Zealand where I was very honoured to be invited to speak at the first South Pacific Passivhaus Conference. As well as local presenters, I shared the floor with old friends and colleagues Elrond Burrell and Mark Siddall from the UK and Bronwyn Barry from California.

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North American Passive House Network Conference 2014

North American Passive House Network ConferenceI am very flattered and excited to be invited back to the US for the second time in a year. This time it is to speak at the 2014 North American Passive House Network Conference in Portland Maine.

I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and catching up with old friends in the international Passivhaus community.

The speaker line up is impressive and will hopefully lead to some lively discussion and debates.

I have been meaning to write up my last visit which included a very packed tour of the North West including Vancouver, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Portland Oregon but it has been a very busy spring and summer.