Passivhaus Part 5 - Is it too expensive?

Passivhaus Part 5 - Is it too expensive?


Available On-Demand | 3 Formal CPD Point
Smart Plus Academy Series

Approved by the Institute's Refuel CPD Provider Network. 




“Is Passivhaus too expensive?” is a question that we get asked all the time, and convincing clients of the affordability of Passivhaus is one of the main hurdles to overcome as an architect.

In this part of our Passivhaus series you will discover the financial advantages of Passive House construction. Explore how energy-efficient buildings reduce costs, increase borrowing capacity, and generate long-term savings.

Gain insights into financial analyses that compare the long-term savings and benefits of Passive House over conventional construction methods. Discover how Green Loans and incentives can make sustainable building projects cost-neutral or even cost-saving, unlocking greater borrowing capacity and long-term financial freedom.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Describe how Passive House construction can reduce energy costs and generate long-term savings.
  • Analyse the economic benefits of Passive House projects
  • Explain cost-effective design strategies, material selection, and other options that pave the way for cost-neutral or even cost-saving solutions.
  • Develop the ability to evaluate the financial feasibility of sustainable building projects by examining construction costs, operational savings, and other factors.

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

Passivhaus Part 5 will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.
3.6 Assessment of the economic impact on the project of design strategies and options.

4.5 Investigation and integration of appropriate structural, construction, service and transport systems in the project design.

NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

Passivhaus Part 5 will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

PC24 Be able to prepare and analyse project development options in response to a project brief – its objectives, budget, user intent and built purpose, risk and timeframes, including environmental sustainability considerations.
PC28 Be able to draw on knowledge from building sciences and technology, environmental sciences and behavioural and social sciences as part of preliminary design research and when developing the conceptual design to optimise the performance of the project.
PC31 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.