South Pacific Passive House Conference 2016

The South Pacific Passive House Conference is Australasia’s premier conference for Passive House. With the first conference, held in Auckland in February 2015, a resounding success, full deails of the 2nd Conference in Melbourne are now available.

Keynote speakers have now been announced, and the Day 1 program is now online (Day 2 will be published soon!). I will be presenting on Day 1.

Local and international experts will convene to share their experiences with the Passive House standard, including explorations of architecture and design, advances in technology and the future direction of the standard. Alongside the Conference, the Trade Exhibit will be open to the general public and will feature product and component suppliers, manufacturers and service providers, demonstrating the practical implementation of the standard with hands-on opportunities.

The Conference will seek to demonstrate the importance of well-conceived and consistent action in the building sector for a successful transition to a sustainable energy future.

Co-hosted by the Australian Passive House Association and the Passive House Institute of New Zealand, the conference will include networking events, site tours and hands-on masterclasses located across the city.

Earlybird rates available until 15th December.

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APHA Presents: Nabih Tahan (USA)

On Tuesday April 21st in Sydney, come along and hear from the APHA’s international guest speaker, Mr Nabih Tahan. Hailing from California, Nabih has worked as an architect in the USA, Austria and Ireland, which has put him in a unique position to compare the practices in these very distinct building industries.

Nabih has great experience he will share on large scale Passive House developments he has been involved in, and will present the fundamentals of PH through the experience of retrofitting his own home, as well as his experience with Passive House for a tall wood high-rise.

After spending many years working in Europe, Nabih returned to Berkeley, California and remodeled his own home to Passive House standard (which led to the establishment of Passive House California). Nabih now represents Cree Buildings, an Austrian company that has developed a system for tall wood buildings.

Take a look at the website, , or this video to see how an eight story wood office building (as pictured) was erected in just 8 days.

While places are free, APHA has a limited capacity. Please register to attend HERE.

APHA Annual General Meeting

Announcing the first Annual General Meeting of the Australian Passive House Association.

Date: Saturday 13th September, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM (midday)
Location: Level 4, 10 Yarra St, South Yarra, VIC (tele/video conference facility available)
Light refreshments will be provided.

The agenda for the day will be sent out closer to the date, but will include election of the Board of Directors for the 2014-15 year.

This AGM will mark a major milestone for APHA, with a chance to review what we’ve achieved so far, as well as to let you know what we have planned for the future. We hope to see you there. Please notify us of your intention to attend, and whether you will attend by video/teleconference.

Passive House Designer/Consultant AND Tradesperson Courses

The APHA has announced further opportunities for Passive House training in Australia.

The Box Hill Institute will now be offering BOTH the Certified Passive House Designer and Certified Passive House Tradesperson courses in Melbourne, with the next courses to be held in September. Public enrolments are now open.

With world-class training from Michael McCarthy of the Passive House Academy (Ireland), participants will be given the opportunity to obtain the internationally recognised Passive House credentials at the end of their training.

Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant

  • Timing & duration: Tues 23rd Sept – Friday 3rd Oct (9 days), full time
  • Location: Melbourne – the CAE in the CBD (Flinders Lane).
  • Pre-requisites: The CPHD training is not for the faint-hearted! A basic knowledge of building physics is required, and the learning process is demanding.
  • If you believe that you need to undertake the basic building physics training, please contact the Box Hill Institute for information on upcoming Introduction to Passive House courses.

Certified Passive House Tradesperson

  • Timing & duration: Mon 15th Sept – Friday 19th Sept (5 days), full time
  • Location: Melbourne – the CAE in the CBD (Flinders Lane).

More information here:

Passive House Designer Course:

Passive House Tradesperson Course: