Why Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants?


 "A Passive House is a building, for which thermal comfort 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."

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 Passive House Designers and Consultants can be found here.


New: Expansion of the Certification System


We are pleased to announce the expansion of our professional certification system!

With this expansion, additional training offers are now available through the Passive House Institute (PHI). PHI has developed a flexible system that can reach different occupational groups, map additional activities in the designing and construction process and also allows future expansions. In addition, more focus will be placed on "lifelong learning" and the gradual acquisition of Passive House knowledge.

Advanced training can now be certified as an "add-on" to the existing Passive House Designer or Tradesperson seals. The new "add-on seals" are therefore used in conjunction with the associated "master seal" (Designer/Consultant or Tradesperson seal). PHI will offer course materials for these additional training courses, additional exams and the additional certificate and seal.

PHI is introducing this expansion with the development of a special PHPP training program and a corresponding additional seal (“PHPP Expert”) together with corresponding course material and a learning target catalog. A first PHPP Expert training took place in Darmstadt in November 2018 and the first “PHPP Expert” exam took place on 23/03/2019. The next courses in English are planned for November 2019.

The development and introduction of other additional certificates (e.g. a “site supervisor certificate” and a “construction verifier certificate”) is planned for the first half of 2019.

Please contact designer@passiv.de for detailed information.


Expansion of the PHI certification


The additional knowledge transfer and certification system was developed as part of the EU project AZEB (Affordable Zero Energy Buildings) to improve - and therefore cost optimise - the procedure of planning and constructing Passive Houses buildings.



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