Practical Passive House design process: from start to finish

The team at Sustainable Engineering, New Zealand’s Passive House certifiers, has designed training to further develop expertise in getting Passive House homes in Aotearoa NZ designed and certified. After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to follow a structured process for taking a simple, single-family home from the architectural design through Passive House design and submission for Passive House certification. It is very suited to those professionals who are preparing to work on their first or second Passive House design for a client.

The course runs over 8 weeks, with lectures twice weekly at lunchtime (12-1:30pm) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This course is ideal for Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants. It takes the theoretical groundwork and provides a process and pathway for designing straightforward certified projects. It is also suited to people with a background in building science or physics/mechanical/structural engineering and some construction knowledge. The course will provide a bridge from the technical knowledge to the confident use of PHPP for simple Passive House projects. The course will only briefly skim building science; its focus is on the practical tasks that need to be completed to get a project through the certification process.

A detailed outline of each lecture can be found here:

This course will be taught live. The first hour of each class will introduce new material, followed by a review of homework or completion of practical exercises.  Participants should allocate at least two hours a week in addition to scheduled classes.

A set of take-home exercises— and an online exam—will be issued in the final class. Both need to be satisfactorily submitted in order to successfully complete the course. A certificate of completion (and an optional listing on the Sustainable Engineering PPHD graduates webpage) will be provided to those participants who complete this requirement.

Start date: 11 October 2022, 12-1:30pm (online)
Pricing: $2,875 (15% GST inclusive)

Specific requirements:

Registrations will close on 10 Octoberber 2022, 8pm. The lectures are delivered via Google Meet. 


  • PHPP10.3 or newer (in Excel)
  • designPH2.1.10 or newer, running in SketchUp Pro
  • Familiarity with Excel and PHPP
  • Basic SketchUp skills so as to create building forms and shading. Completing this class is sufficient
  • Basic building science, physics, mathematics, and construction knowledge to the level of a Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant.
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