Passive House Design

Organisation profile

Established in 1946 with offices in Dublin, Cork and Roscommon, Varming Consulting Engineers, is a multi award winning firm of ACEI Registered Consulting Engineers involved in the design and supervision of the installation of Building Services and Sustainable Design solutions for new build and refurbishment projects. Its integrated Quality, Environmental Management and Occupational Health & Safety Assurance systems are certified by the NSAI in accordance with IS EN ISO 9001/14001/OHSAS 18001.

Training aim

This course aims to provide an overview of the key principles of Passive House Design.

Learning objectives

On completion of this course the attendee will understand the principles of Passive House Design and the criteria for certification. Be aware of the importance of insulation, thermal bridging and air tightness in reducing energy consumption and gain an insight into importance of windows in eliminating the risk of condensation and mould and providing optimum thermal comfort. They will also understand the heat balance calculation procedures used in PHPP.  

Course outline

The course deals with how the key principles of Passive House Design are put into practice including optimised building envelope, insulation and thermal bridge free detailing, air tightness and how this is achieved, and mechanical heat recovery ventilation in relation to both energy reduction and occupant comfort. There is also an overview of the calculation procedures used in the Passive House Planning Package software which is used to certify the design. 

Trainer's profile

Declan Alcock is Project Director at Varming Consulting Engineers where he leads the  Sustainability team. He holds an MSc in Energy and Sustainable Building Design, is a Certified Passive House Designer  and has 15 years' experience of Sustainability in the Built Environment with particular expertise in Dynamic Simulation Modelling. He delivers the “BIM for Sustainable Construction” module the CITA MSc in Construction Informatics.   

Course duration

1 hour

Assessment & certification

Upon completion the participant will receive a CPD Certificate.

Who should attend

Architects, Engineers, Designers