*** New Exam Regulations valid from May 2016 ***
The Passive House Institute has revised the system of the certification for Passive House Designers/Consultants. Therefore the exam regulations have had to be updated. These new regulations will come into effect from May 2016.
The following details are new:
1. The renewal of the certificate is now also possible through continuing education credit points.
2. Certification through project documentation (former "sample project") is now possible through PHI accredited assessing bodies and also in languages other than English and German.
3. Regardless of a renewal, certified Passive House Designers/Consultants can have additional qualifications added on the website www.passivehouse-designer.org (such as built Passive Houses, teaching activities or continuing education relevant to Passive House).
Why Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants?
"A Passive House is a building, for which thermal comfort (ISO 7730) can be achieved solely by post-heating or post-cooling of the fresh air mass which is required to achieve sufficient indoor air quality conditions – without the need for additional recirculation of air." Dr. Wolfgang Feist
Passive Houses do not look any different from other buildings. However, on account of their clearly defined energy standard, they exhibit a high level of thermal comfort and extremely low energy consumption. Good planning as well as careful execution of the details is essential in the construction of Passive House buildings. This ensures that the high requirements for the building envelope and technology can be met. As a result, designers and specialist planners need additional expertise which can be acquired and substantiated with the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant training course.
Information about the difference between a Passive House Designer and a Passive House Consultant can be found here.