Become A Certified Passive House Designer

Your pathway to becoming a fully certified Passive House

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SELF PACED Passive House Designer Certification

Dates: 06.02.2023 – 13.03.2023

every Monday
(4 hours Module + 1 hour Q&A)

Prior Knowledge

You don't require any prior knowledge to take this course.
Our readiness quiz will test your knowledge and lets you know if you a ready.
The included preparation course gets you ready to undertake the Passive House designer course.

Time Required

Our Passive House Designer Certification Package requires a total of 50-70 hours to complete, including the preparation course, all modules, Q&As, exam prep courses and your certification exam.

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Learn the fundamentals of designing

energy-efficient and cost-optimal buildings
by implementing Passive House design in your projects.


Begin your journey to

become a worldwide accredited Passive House professional


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Your Journey To Becoming A Certified Passive House Designer

The Passive House movement is transforming the way we design buildings.


Smart Plus Academy’s Complete Passive House Designer Certification PACKAGE is designed for anybody involved in designing, planning, engineering buildings who wants to master this internationally proven design approach. 


Our package combines all the study components you need to gain a comprehensive, working knowledge of Passive House design, plus the examination components necessary to achieve internationally recognised certification.

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Trusted by over 500+ students & growing…

Aaron Anstis
Aaron Anstis
26. May, 2022.
Training and trainers were fantastic. The content is relevant and trainers deliver it very well. Lots of time for questions and interaction to assist with learning. Thanks so much to the entire Smart Plus Academy team!
Jeremiah Appleby
Jeremiah Appleby
8. April, 2022.
I’m so happy I completed the designer course with Smart Plus. The trainers and support staff were excellent. Students were kept on track with regular communications and any queries were addressed promptly. I highly recommend training with Smart Plus.
Tess S
Tess S
7. April, 2022.
I had such a wonderful experience and felt completely supported every step of the way during the course. Highly recommend if you’re looking to become a Certified Passive House Designer!
Pablo Shopen
Pablo Shopen
6. April, 2022.
A comprehensive and challenging course providing a very strong foundation for your passive house journey. Julia and Daniel are knowledgeable, inspirational and understanding teachers who are very good at explaining complex topics and condensing the huge volume of information. I would highly recommend this wonderful course.
Sri R
Sri R
6. April, 2022.
Daniel Kress brings this amazing energy to class, seeing how passionate he is and his belief in passive house has motivated me all the more! The passive house designer course is very well curated to the T, they have left no stone unturned and ensured they detailed every aspect keeping in mind that learners from various levels of experience undertake this course. As a sustainability graduate with very little industry experience I found it rather easy to navigate through the course because of their systematic approach.They provide you with all the required study materials and their 6-day online course delivered by Julia gives you a complete walkthrough of all conceps. Julia and the support team are very helpful whenever you need assistance in any way! It’s been an honour to undertake this course with SPA and I couldn’t recommend it more! To anyone looking to start their Passive house journey, THIS IS THE PLACE TO COME!
Stuart McKenzie Hall
Stuart McKenzie Hall
12. January, 2022.
Excellent, detailed and thorough course, well presented perfect for a serious step in improving your Passive House Designer journey and obtaining a valuable qualification. Highly recommended.
sam foutoulis
sam foutoulis
24. November, 2021.
Great course tought by a passionate experienced team!
Madhu Priya
Madhu Priya
13. October, 2021.
I can say with utmost confidence that I made the best use of the Sydney lockdown by enrolling myself in the Passive House Designer course by the Smart Plus Academy. Initially I was a bit skeptical about undertaking the course since I had just completed my Masters degree and had no prior industrial experience in this field and hence was not sure if I will be able to understand the concepts. But the course material was designed in such a way that it explained in great detail about every aspect of Passive House design. The effort put in by Daniel and Julia in delivering the concepts and engaging with the students through the homework tasks and exercises ensured a great level of understanding. The support team was also very prompt in answering our queries. Clearing the final exam was a cake walk with the level of preparation that we were put through. Overall, it was a very knowledgeable experience and I highly recommend this course for those who aspire to bring about a positive change in the built environment.
Wei-Chih Lin
Wei-Chih Lin
9. October, 2021.
I enrolled in the Certified Passive House Designer Course and I highly recommend the course. The course tutors Daniel and Julia, and the team were very helpful, professional, and knowledgable.
Nick J
Nick J
6. October, 2021.
Good course and content in preparation for examination. Supportive team prior to enrolling to discuss course suitability for my needs.

Your Trainers

Daniel is an engineer, entrepreneur, and educator.

Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland for six years. After ten years in the building industry, he completed his German and Canadian master’s in civil and structural engineering, specialising in building physics and building science.

He also worked for nearly two years on a European Union research project to improve sustainable building practices.

At the age of 37, Daniel started Smart Plus Academy (SPA), following his passion for educating and sharing his immense knowledge and experience. Since 2017, Daniel and his team have taught most of Australia’s certified Passive House professionals.

Now, Daniel is focusing on GLOBAL Passive House education for an even more significant impact.

After studying architecture in her home country, Germany, Julia moved to Australia in 2006.

She then worked for leading architectural practices in Melbourne, Perth, and Darwin – along the way, gaining an understanding of Australia’s different geographic zones and the extremes of its climate.

Deeply passionate about sustainability and energy-efficient building design, Julia graduated as a Certified Passive House Designer in 2018. She has since made it her mission to bring about change in the building sector and to educate Australians about comfortable, healthy, and sustainable living spaces.

In 2020, Julia joined Smart Plus Academy as a Passive House trainer. She now educates building professionals across Australia about the Passive House standard.

What Is Included In The Passive House Designer Certification Package

Step 01: Passive House Designer Readiness Quiz


Test your foundational knowledge required to becoming Passive House Certified.

Step 02: Passive House Designer Preparation Course


Our foundational program is designed to help to understand all the key mathematical concepts and terminology used in Passive House Design.

Step 03: Certified Passive House Designer Course



Our Passive House Designer Course is our comprehensive program designed to give you the working knowledge required in becoming a Certified Passive House designer. 


You will learn 6 in-depth modules that are specially designed to

prepare you for sitting your accreditation exam and

prepare you to start your first Passive House design project. 

  • Overview of Passive House principles and certification.

  • Health and comfort considerations.

  • Quality assurance and building certification.

  • Sustainable construction and design.

  • Materials and approaches for creating the thermal envelope.

  • Airtightness, vapour and weather-control systems.

  • Designs and solutions to address thermal bridging.

  • Solutions for air tight and thermal bridge design.

  • Construction detailing and systems.

  • The components and installation of windows.

  • Systems and strategies for managing shading.

  • The Magic Formula – the one formula that covers 80% of your calculations in Passive House design.

  • Systems and strategies for ventilation and heat-recovery.

  • The components of heat-recovery ventilation systems.

  • Design and sizing of heat-recovery ventilation systems.

  • Commissioning of heat ventilation system and regulations.

  • Heating concepts, generation and distribution.

  • Cooling introduction & strategies.

  • The use and optimisation of domestic hot water systems.

  • Passive House certification & standard.

  • Working with your Passive House certifier.

  • Economic basics in Passive House design.

  • Dynamic economical calculations.

  • Passive House vs conventional buildings

  • Profitability calculations.

  • The Passive House Standard.

  • The retrofitting masterplan.

  • When does retrofitting make sense?

  • Retrofitting the building envelope.

  • Retrofitting the mechanical systems.

  • Introduction to PHPP software (Passive House Planning Package) and DesignPH

Step 04: Passive House Designer Examination Preparation Training


This course aims to familiarise you with the types of questions you will encounter during the certification exam, so you will be in the best position possible to pass and achieve certification.

This course also includes two mockup exams & a personal design review to prepare you for your exam.

Step 05: Online Passive House Designer / Consultant Examination


Become internationally Recognised as a Passive House Designer or Consultant. The exam takes three and a half hours. It includes design and mathematical components as well as multiple-choice questions. Please allow for five hours so that we can set up and you can submit your workings.

Plus If You Register With Smart Plus Academy, You Get Lifetime Access To…


The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is an MS Excel-based energy balance and efficiency design tool for highly energy-efficient buildings and retrofits. It provides all relevant calculations and verifications clearly and simply. With PHPP version 10, several new functions are released in addition to feature extensions.

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Passive House Institute (PHI) Certification

The easiest way to become Internationally recognised as a
Certified Passive House Designer and Consultant.

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Why become
Passive House Certified?

As a Passive House Professional:

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Why take this course now

Climate Change is happing now

We need to act today if we want to avoid a climate disaster. With this qualification you can contribute to this global effort every day at work.

Be A Front Runner

The Passive House movement is growing exponentially fast and joining today will mean you are one of the leaders of change.

Your Clients Deserve The Best

Did you experience thermal discomfort in buildings? Don’t let your clients suffer the same.

Building regulations are changing

Australia's and New Zealand's building regulations are changing rapidly. England and the European Union already require nearly zero energy buildings. With our Passive House training, you are staying ahead of the expected regulation changes this decade.

Improvements On Every project

These courses will significantly improve your sustainable design practice.

Design Buildings for the extremes

Let your client enjoy the comforts of their home in any weather event.



GOLD Passivhaus Designer Course 3.0

ENROLMENT is now open!

12x Live Sessions: (3 hrs each)
31.07.2023 – 08.09.2023

(every Mon and Fri)
Sydney [AU]: 18:00 – 21:00
Perth [AU]: 16:00 – 19:00
Wellington [NZ]: 20:00 – 23:00
London/Dublin [UK/IRE]: 09:00 – 12:00

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