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One-day Passivhaus Course
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One-day Passivhaus Course

​Are you looking to advance your skills and knowledge of Passivhaus design? Need some training to give you the confidence in your skills?

Passivhaus: experiment for pioneers or a real solution to climate change and fuel poverty?

Architects often view Passivhaus as expensive, restricting and compromising when it comes to architectural design, material selection and detailing. Following on from last year’s successful RIBA Core CPD seminar Pick and mix: best of Passivhaus, this one-day course will illustrate different approaches to design, detailing, procurement and construction and will demonstrate how an architect-led, fully integrated approach will help you create healthier, more productive and more profitable environments for your clients. The speaker will share his experience on how to deliver cost effective Passivhaus, using build examples of commercial and residential, new build and retrofit Passivhaus projects. 

Course content and structure

Morning session:

  • Residential Passivhaus solutions in the UK
  • Cost of Passivhaus: what’s the uplift and why
  • How to integrate Passivhaus into the design process? 
  • Designers, clients and contractors risk of delivering Passivhaus and how to avoid them
  • Procurement: assisting clients with the right choice of procurement, tender and form of contract
  • Optimised Passivhaus design solutions

Afternoon session:

  • Commercial Passivhaus solutions in the UK; build examples
  • Challenges and benefits of up-scaling Passivhaus
  • Typical solutions to detailing and services design
  • Procurement: assisting clients with the right choice of procurement, tender and form of contract on large scale projects
  • Passivhaus retroft: what are the challenges and how to develop a cost effective deep energy refurb strategy
  • How the Passivhaus methodology can be used cost effectively to deliver Energie Sprong


Tomas Gaertner, SE3D

Tomas is a qualified architect and a director of SE3D, an RIBA chartered, design led practice specialising in human centered design. In 2010 he became one of the first certified Passivhaus designers in the UK when he helped develop the UK’s first multi-residential certified Passivhaus. He has since been involved as an architect and Passivhaus designer with the delivery of more than 200 Passivhaus dwellings, offices and schools and led on the Passivhaus design for the UK’s first Passivhaus public pool and leisure centre for Exeter City Council. In 2018 Tomas helped deliver the very successful RIBA CPD core seminars Pick and Mix: the best of Passivhaus. He is also a certified building biologist, and oversees the IBNs UK seminar programme on healthy building . He is a regular speaker at Green Register events, the UK Passivhaus conference and Eco-build

Core Curriculum Topics

  1. Sustainable architecture
  2. Design, constructions and technology

For more information on the one-day Passivhaus course, please see the course factsheet.

Course fees

  • RIBA/CIAT members £145+VAT
  • Non members £290+VAT

For more information on course content and 2019 programme contact RIBA CPD Programmes team, or call +44(0)207 307 3848.

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