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.

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.


Passivhaus Designer Course London, Bristol & Plymouth

Passivhaus Training

Certified passivhaus designer logoPassivhaus is rapidly becoming an essential skill for architects and consultants. The AECB CarbonLite course is delivered by highly experienced professionals, and leads to international accreditation as a Certified Passivhaus Designer or Consultant.

Whilst the focus is on the Passivhaus standard, the course provides an excellent grounding in building physics and practical construction details for low energy buildings.

Why take the CarbonLite Passivhaus Training course?

  • An ideal opportunity to share knowledge and contacts with the UK’s most experienced Passivhaus practitioners
  • CarbonLite courses are tailored specifically for the UK, using UK building examples from domestic and non-domestic sectors.
  • Visit innovative and exciting Passivhaus developments
  • Courses are easily accessible by public transport

Highly experienced trainers

CEPH Passivhaus courseThis course is written and taught by leaders in UK Passivhaus development: amongst others, Bill Butcher, Alan Clarke, Mark Siddall, Eric Parks and Nick Grant not to mention WARM staff who have supported over 200 buildings in low energy design, and are Passivhaus certifiers. Courses are developed specifically for the UK and use UK building examples. The programme is delivered using a mixture of lectures, group and individual learning, with exercises to continually affirm and test understanding.

The emphasis is on practical solutions to common problems and the trainers have a wealth of experience gathered over many years.

Can’t do the whole course? Why not take individual modules such as Fundamentals of Passivhaus? See the AECB website for details.

Book your place by emailing us at or  or calling 01752 542546.

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