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Getting Started

Category: Guidance

So you have heard about the fantastic benefits of the Passivhaus standard and would like to build your own but don’t don’t know where to start? This section highlights useful guides, events, links and projects to start you off on your Passivhaus journey.



Read our intro guides

Discover the benefits of Passivhaus. We’ll let you into a secret... Its not just about energy efficiency.

An overview of the Passivhaus standard, how it can be achieved, and how to get started.

Why choose Passivhaus over other approaches? Covering zero carbon targets & the performance gap.

The business case for aiming for Passivhaus and tips on how to ensure successful delivery.

Passivhaus goes Personal
Passivhaus - an introduction Why choose Passivhaus? Passivhaus Social Housing: Maximising benefits, minimising costs

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Visit a Passivhaus

The annual International Passivhaus Open Days event is a great opportunity to visit Passivhaus buildings.... for free! Learn from those with first-hand experience and knowledge of occupying, constructing or designing Passivhaus projects. The event takes place every June, and a larger event in November. Other project specific visits take place throughout the year - for upcoming site visits please regularly visit our events lisitng.

Learn more about certified Passivhaus projects

UK Passivhaus Certified Projects Gallery UK Passivhaus Projects Map

2018 UK Passivhaus Awards Ceremony at London Build - 24th October

UK Passivhaus Projects Gallery

UK Certified Passivhaus Map

UK Passivhaus Awards

Passivhaus Trust members mapFind a Passivhaus advisor

Find a Passivhaus advisor in your area with our members map. You can filter for architects, consultants, contractors and more.

In order to become a certified Passivhaus designer, architects and engineers must undertake a robust training programme culminating in a rigorous exam. A certified designer will have been tested in many areas of Passivhaus design including fundamentals and technical theory, construction methods and detailing, building services, design and PHPP.

Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson


Get into the detail

How to build a Passivhaus: Rules of thumbHow to build a Passivhaus: Rules of thumb

This publication highlights the key aspects of designing to the Passivhaus standard and the do's and don'ts on how to successfully build a Passivhaus. 

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The Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP)

PHPP is a design tool produced by the Passivhaus Intitut for use by building architects and designers. PHPP incorporates the energy specifications for quality-approved Passivhaus buildings from the Institut in a manual and cd-rom. The latest version of PHPP is available to buy now at a discounted rate for PHT & AECB members. Click here for more information.


Thinking of a Passivhaus Retrofit?

The EnerPHit standard has been specifically designed for retrofitting. It offers more relaxed airtightness and space heating demands which can be very difficult to achieve for refurbishments to the strict Passivhaus Standards. An introduction to the standard can be found here, but for the most up to date information refer to the EnerPHit certification criteria.

Examples of certified EnerPHit projects can be found in our Project Gallery


Useful links

What is Passivhaus?

How to become a Certified Passivhaus Designer/ Consultant

How to get your Passivhaus project certified

UK Passivhaus Conference



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