Climate Change is a significant causes of things like bushfires, droughts and storms. Poorly created indoor environments cause asthma, sick building syndrome and lung diseases. With Smart Plus Academy courses, you will learn how to design and construct healthy and sustainable buildings that are economical, so that your clients will breathe freely and generations to come can live healthily and enjoy the beauty of our planet as we know it.
Who are these courses for?
If you are living in a home, these courses are for YOU. No matter what work we do, we all have a home to come home to, and our health and sustainability depend highly on it. No matter what level of pre-knowledge you have, from beginner to expert, our online courses give you Passive House knowledge in an easy to understand way.
Yes, Smart Plus Homes especially focuses on professionals in the building industry, policymakers and councils because they professionally design and build the world we live in. Only they can change the construction industry to a sustainable, climate-friendly industry. For you professionals, these online courses are only the start, and the certified Passive House Courses should follow after this pre-learning.
How to design healthy and sustainable buildings
Passive House is the ideal tool to design and construct healthy and sustainable buildings that are economical with far more flexibility then passive solar design. Passive House leaves no room for guesswork: a basic 3D model plug-in and software based on Excel calculate your actual performance.
How do the economics work?
Passive House is suitable for any budget from social housing to big mentions. Bigger projects achieve Passive House easily, which makes it ideal for office buildings, apartment blocks, schools or libraries.
The average Passive House costs about 8% more, but with a smart and intelligent design, it could even cost the same. Though it is an investment up front, you’ll end up saving a considerable amount of money on heating and cooling once you make the switch from your conventional house to your Passive House.
The Passive House movement.
In 1990, Dr Wolfgang Feist built the first Passive House or Passivhaus in Darmstadt - Kranichstein, Germany. Shortly after, the Passive House Institute (PHI), an independent research institute, was founded. Since then, Passive House has been growing quickly around the world. In 2011, the Australian Passive House Association (APHA) was founded. Today, Passive House is thriving, and the Passive House Standard is integrated into the Green Star Rating by the Green Building Council Australia (GPCA) and highly suitable for ‘The Living Building Challenge’.
Europe is going passive, and by 2021 all European Union Members will have nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) – in other words, the Passive House approach in building codes.
Our wish for you is that these online courses will only be the start of your Passive House journey and that you will also become a certified Passive House Designer or Certified Passive House Tradesperson.