Passivhaus Part 2: Health, Sustainability, Affordability

Passivhaus Part 2: Health, Sustainability, Affordability


Available On-Demand | 2 Formal CPD Points
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The second part of our Passivhaus series will take you on a transformative journey, exploring the intersection of health, sustainability, and affordability in the built environment. You'll gain a deep understanding of the vital role that buildings play in shaping our well-being, the environment, and our economies.

Health: Discover the profound impact that buildings have on our health and well-being. Explore how factors like indoor air quality, thermal comfort, and proper insulation can prevent respiratory diseases and promote a healthy living environment. Learn how the Passivhaus standard can ensure optimal indoor conditions, leading to better sleep, reduced pollution-related illnesses, and enhanced overall health.

Sustainability: Dive into the pressing issue of climate change and explore how buildings can be part of the solution. Understand the significance of reducing CO2 emissions and implementing renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. Learn about energy-efficient building design, innovative storage solutions, and the role of the building sector in achieving significant energy savings. Discover how sustainable buildings contribute to a better quality of life, cost savings, and a brighter future for generations to come.

Affordability: Uncover the link between sustainability and affordability in the building industry. Gain insights into the economic costs and human casualties caused by climate change. Explore the concept of green premiums and the potential for carbon capture technologies to reverse the effects of climate change. Understand how energy-efficient buildings can lead to lower conditioning bills, reduced public health spending, and improved quality of life. Discover the unique advantages of Passivhaus investments, including long-term return on investment and potential benefits such as lower interest rates and subsidies. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between building design, indoor air quality, and human health.
  • Evaluate the principles and benefits of passive house standards for thermal comfort and energy efficiency.
  • Analyse the environmental impact of buildings and their role in addressing climate change.
  • Identify sustainable building parameters to enhance indoor air quality, comfort, and affordability.
  • Evaluate the economic and social benefits of energy-efficient buildings.

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

Passivhaus: Part 2 will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider
regional, contextual and environmental issues.

4.5 Investigation and integration of appropriate structural, construction, service and transport systems in the project design. 
Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics.

NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

Passivhaus: Part 2 will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Be able to identify, analyse and integrate information relevant to environmental sustainability – such as energy and water consumption, resources depletion, waste, embodied carbon and carbon emissions – over the lifecycle of a project.

PC33 Be able to investigate, coordinate and integrate sustainable environmental systems – including water, thermal, lighting and acoustics – in response to consultants’ advice.

PC35 Be able to assess operational and embodied carbon implications of materials, components, construction systems and supply chains (including transport) to achieve net zero whole life carbon when developing design concepts. This includes integrating relevant consultant expertise and advising on the impact of chosen materials, components and systems on carbon outcomes.