Examining Passive House

Cost CPD points Duration* Exam Required
$53.64 1 54 Mins Yes

Course details
How can we bridge the performance gap between the design of buildings and what is built? This is a question at the heart of the Passive House methodology.
Passive House is an integrated design process delivering very high energy efficiency and occupant comfort, delivering lower operational costs for the life of the building. The aim is to minimise the need for building services and expensive technology typically associated with high-performance buildings.
Rather, Passive House designers focus on the most suitable building geometry most suitable to a location and using a "fabric first" design philosophy. Key principles relate to thermal insulation, high performance windows, airtightness, heat recovery and elimination of thermal bridges.
While Passive House generally focuses on residential buildings the methodology is highly relevant in commercial settings. The presentation will recap an agreement between the Green Building Council Australia and the Passive House Institute. The Passive House Crosswalk provides guidance on how Passive House can assist projects seeking a Green Star rating.
The main focus of this presentation is a detailed case study of a project in Victoria with the owner/builder demonstrating the Passive House approach and providing lessons learned. John Beurle's home used a locally sourced prefab ‘SITUP’ panel system as the structural perimeter walls. Super Insulated Tilt-Up Panels are an LVL structural ply box frame system with dry straw as insulation which supports a RITEK sandwich panel corrugated Colourbond roofing system.

All course content is curated by the Green Building Council of Australia. Designed for maximum flexibility, this course allows you to study anytime, anywhere.

Exam Requirements
This course requires you to sit for an exam to obtain the CPD points. The exam comprises of 3 questions and has a time limit of 30 mins to complete.

All exams are multiple choice and questions are based on module content.

If you have any questions regarding any of these online courses please feel free to contact the GBCA Office on +612 8239 6200 or send us an email.

* Duration refers to the associated video content length of time. If there is no video it refers to the time limit of the associated exam. All pricing exludes GST.