AECB Certified Passivhaus Designer Training Courses

LDN course

Guiding you through becoming a certified

Passivhaus Designer or Consultant and 

giving you the confidence to tackle UK Passivhaus projects



Certified Passivhaus Designer Training

Our Course

  • Guiding you – friendly trainers and small groups encourage a great learning experience
  • Prepare you for the Passivhaus Institute exam – Dedicated revision day, Our own practice exam paper, 30 pages of worked examples to take away.
  • Interesting and exciting – we visit real Passivhaus projects.
  • Sociable – We encourage delegates to support each other and organise meals out for networking
  • If you don’t pass first time – we offer a free session, to look through your marked up paper by yourself

Our material

  • UK focused – 100% rewritten – rather than the European CEPH material taught by others.
  • UK examples – from the UK domestic and non-domestic sector
  • Up to date – we continually update our material and teach V8 PHPP
  • Modular – sit our course in one go – or as separate modules to suit your availability and finances.
  • Exercises – lots of exercises used to continually affirm and test understanding.

Our Trainers

  • UK experts – our trainers are the experts who are actually successfully designing/ building Passivhaus in UK
  • Highly experienced trainers – amongst others, Bill Butcher, Alan Clarke, Sally Godber, Nick Grant, Eric Parks, Marine Sanchez, Mark Siddall, Will South and Peter Warm and the rest of the WARM staff who have supported over 200 buildings in low energy design, and are Passivhaus certifiers.
  • Variety of experience – our collective experience includes non domestic building, large residential schemes and real Passivhaus construction experience.

Our Venues

  • London  – Plymouth – Hereford – plus other locations based on demand
  • Central and close to public transport
  • Bespoke Courses – we regularly run bespoke course for companies who need specialist training, contact us for a quote.

For Bookings please email or contact 01752 542 546.

For the upcoming London Passivhaus course at South Bank University (Apr/May), please fill out this form or contact us to discuss your requirements.

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 Our 2015 training calendar:

 London A 2015  Hereford 2015  London B 2015
Week 1
Fundamentals of Passivhaus  27 Apr 7 Sept 2 Nov
Science of Passivhaus  28-29 Apr 8-9 Sept 3-4 Nov
Construction of Passivhaus 30 Apr 10 Sept 5 Nov
Introduction to Psi values* (optional)  1 May (am) 11 Sept 6 Nov
designPH* (optional)  1 May (pm)  11 Sept 6 Nov
Week 2
Building Services of Passivhaus  11-12 May  21-22 Sept 16-17 Nov
PHPP  13-14 May 23-24 Sept 18-19 Nov
Revision   15 May  25 Sept 20 Nov
Exam  29 May  10 Oct 4 Dec


How much does it cost?

The course can be taken as individual modules, or as the full two week course.

  • The full course (including the Revision session and exam) costs £2400 +VAT for AECB/PHT members. (£2800 +VAT for non-members). There is a £400 Early Bird Discount for AECB booking at least 6 weeks in advance.
  • Secure your place with 10% deposit.
  • *Introduction to Psi values and designPH are not included in the full course cost. We recommend to take them as supplementary courses.
  • One day module cost £300 +VAT for AECB/PHT members (£350 for non-members)
  • Two day modules cost £600 +VAT for AECB/PHT members (£700 +VAT for non-members)
  • AECB membership is £45 +VAT for individuals, company rates can be found here. We can add AECB membership to your invoice at the time of booking.
  • PHPP8.5 software costs £125 +VAT. DesignPH £170+VAT. We can add both to your invoice at the time of booking for £280+VAT.
  • THERM software is free online

More information


Who is this course for?

This course is aimed principally at building professionals in the UK:  Architects, Builders, Building Engineers and others who want to learn how to deliver real low energy buildings. It introduces the principles behind the Passivhaus standard and methodologies and the use of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) for achieving low energy performance. To get the most out of taking the full course we recommend that you need to have a knowledge of UK construction systems, an ability to read building plans and an understanding of basic algebra.
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What does the course involve?

The Passivhaus Designer qualification is an internationally accredited scheme linked back to the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. On successful completion of the exam delegates are listed on the Passivhaus Designer database where they will be awarded either Passivhaus Designer or Passivhaus Consultant status, depending on existing academic qualifications.

The AECB CarbonLite Programme is designed to prepare delegates not only for the exam but for future involvement in very low energy building projects.

Delegates who wish to learn more about Passivhaus, or who wish to study a certain aspect in detail without taking the exam, are welcome to attend any of the individual modules that make up the course.

download the Frequently Asked Questions.

For further information, or to book a place on any of the courses, please contact Ingrid Bravo on 01752 542546 or email



Fundamentals of Passivhaus (1 day)

This course introduces the principles behind the Passivhaus standard and methodologies for a variety of building types and the use of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) for achieving low energy performance.

Science of Passivhaus (2 day)

This course addresses the fundamental physics of heat loss and gains and shows how each of the required values can be calculated. It looks at what is necessary for thermal comfort. It deals with the energy balance of windows, and the balance of the whole buildings, and how to calculate the remaining heating requirement. It also deals with primary energy requirement for the whole building, ie hot water, appliances and lighting. This is a course for those who want to understand the Physics of energy in buildings.

Construction of Passivhaus (1 day)

How do I build a Passivhaus? How is it different from normal construction? This course answers these questions along with some specific guidance on achieving the standard of airtightness and thermal bridge free construction required by the standard. It also looks at the contractual side and suggests ways that care in the allocation of responsibility can help achieve your goal.

*Introduction to Psi Values (1/2 day)

Find out how to minimise the effect of thermal bridging when designing low energy and CO2 buildings to AECB standards. This course introduces attendees on how to use free numerical modelling software. The new online Therm course will provide you with more practical examples. This course is not part of the Passivhaus Designer course, but we recommend that this course is booked as a supplementary course.

*designPH (1/2 day)

Dave Edwards will lead a practical practical modelling exercise using the new designPH plug in for SketchUp. It has been developed by the Passive House Institute to provide a 3D modelling interface that works together with PHPP (Passive House Planning Package). Delegates will need a suitable laptop for this session with the programs installed. – We will provide a demo version for those who don’t have a copy of designPH already. Find out more here.

Building Services for Passivhaus (2 day)

The course majors on all aspects of ventilation design, from concepts through to calculation. It then moves on to the choice of heating system, the provision of hot water, and calculations of lighting appliances and Primary Energy, with reference to the inputs required in the Planning Package for Passivhaus (PHPP).

PHPP (2 day)

This practical hands-on course will provide energy consultants, technical building designers and architects with the skills necessary to design low energy and CO2 buildings to AECB standards using the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP). Delegates will need to bring a laptop with mouse, pre-loaded with a copy of the PHPP software for this course.

The latest version of PHPP (Passivhaus Planning Package) and manual can bepurchased from the AECB for £125 (plus VAT). Please follow this link, or ask for details when booking your place on the course by phone.

Exam and revision

The Revision course and the exam are included in the fee for the Passivhaus Designer course. Please contact us for prices for retaking the exam.

For further information, or to book a place on any of the courses, please contact Ingrid Bravo on 01752 542546 or email

Carbonlite Terms and Conditions

  • Registration fees for CarbonLite courses are payable in advance. AECB accept cheque and BACS  payments.
  • Substitutions can be made at any time but the person taking the exam must have completed the whole course. Please notify of any change in name.
  • Cancellations
    • More than one month before the course: Full refund less 10% administration fee.
    • More than one week before the course: 50% refund less 10% administration fee.
    • Less than one week before the course: No refund available.

    If you are unable to attend the course you have booked and paid for you may defer to the next available course. Only one deferral per delegate.  AECB reserve the right to pass on any costs which may be incurred by last minute changes to bookings.

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