Please note: as there has been a high demand for these workshops, priority will be given to new companies who have not previously attended workshops. Places are limited to one person per company and confirmation of booking is based on submission of valid and original SME Eligibility Form.
Those who are returning clients will be placed on a waiting list; if places are available once booking has closed, you will be notified of an available place. This will, however, be at short notice.
Passivhaus is a leading international low energy design standard for both domestic and non-domestic buildings. With over 20,000 buildings certified across Europe, it offers a robust, proven and cost-effective method to help the UK achieve its challenging carbon reduction targets for the built environment sector. Passivhaus is rapidly taking off in the UK where an average new house built to the standard would use 75% less energy for space heating, compared to the circa-2006 Building Regulations.
As an approach, Passivhaus requires a different approach to design, very high construction standards on site and often new products, creating opportunities across the supply chain for both contractors and manufacturing companies. Architects and other construction professionals all need to become acquainted with the approach and standards to ensure the UK and West Midlands region can compete internationally and deliver ambitious carbon reduction targets over the next 20 years.
Passivhaus approaches are also simply good practice for energy efficient construction, so companies able to operate to Passivhaus standards will be apply to apply parts of the approach to other projects and secure competitive advantage on all the work they do.
This workshop will give participants a working-level understanding of the Passivhaus standard, its embodiment of basic building physics and their application; the cost implication during the design, build, operation and whole life cycle; quality assurance and onsite delivery; and the certification process.
Who Should Attend
This course will be aimed at SME housing associations, developers, architects, architectural technicians, energy assessors and consultants, M&E specialists, quantity surveyors, contractors and sub-contractors. Construction product manufacturers may also find the content a useful introduction.
The learner will be able to:
- Explain the key components of the Passivhaus standard
- Describe the trajectory of Building Regulations and where the Passivhaus standard fits in this context
- Describe how building physics determines the theoretical energy performance of buildings
- Indentify and evaluate a range of strategies to reduce energy use in and carbon emissions from buildings
- Critically evaluate the key strategies for creating a Passivhaus building
- Describe the roles of different participants in the delivery of a Passivhaus building
- Analyse the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the team to deliver a Passivhaus building
The Green Gauge Trust Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation with three principal aims:
- to expand the market for very low energy low carbon buildings by communicating their value to clients, investors, the construction industry, and prospective and existing building users
- to actively promote robust standards and methodologies, and
- to deliver a comprehensive range of high quality education and training materials designed to raise knowledge and skills for delivering sustainable buildings with excellent energy and carbon performance.
The people behind Green Gauge have a passion to transform the buildings sector so that it can deliver genuinely low energy low carbon buildings. They have many years’ experience in policy and strategy formulation and implementation, specialising in large-scale development, in energy and the environment, developing and deliver training programmes, as well as in creating and managing consumer-facing businesses.