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 personal certification system!

With this extension, additional training offers can now be certified by the PHI. The 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, "lifelong learning" and the gradual acquisition of passive house knowledge will be more promoted.

Advanced training can now be certified as "add-on" to the previous seals, this means the new "add-on seals" are used in conjunction with the associated "master seal" (designer/consultant or tradesperson). The PHI will offer course materials, an additional exam and also the added certificate or seal for these new training courses.

PHI is starting this extension with the development of a special PHPP training and the corresponding additional seal (“PHPP Expert”). The corresponding course material will be available at the end of 2018, a learning target catalog will be published in October 2018 and the first “PHPP Expert” exam is intended for the exam date 23.03.2019.

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.


PHI is offering the first “PHPP Expert” course in Darmstadt from 12. - 16. November 2018 and the first “PHPP Expert” exam on 23rd of March 2019 also in Darmstadt. Please see the website for course contents and further information or contact designer@passiv.de.


To improve and therefore cost optimize the procedure of ftand construction of Passive Houses this additional knowledge transfer and certification system was developed within the EU project AZEB (Affordable Zero Energy Buildings) 



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