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Saint-Gobain launches Passivhaus courses

Saint-Gobain launches Passivhaus Tradesperson Course, with international accreditation for one of the world’s most efficient energy standards

Posted by Dave Higgitt | September 18, 2014 | Sustainability

The course will help the UK meet the growing demand for Passivhaus Standard buildings and towards meeting the 2020 energy efficiency target. According to Build Up Skills UK, 0.25 million UK blue-collar workers require training in energy efficiency, so the course tackles this growing skills need. 

Delivered by experienced personnel from the Passive House Academy in partnership with Saint-Gobain, the first course will run 3–7 November and hosted at the new Passive House Workshop in Saint-Gobain’s Technical Academy in Erith, Kent. 

With a combination of classroom lectures and presentations and a significant amount of time spent on practical hands-on training over a duration of five days, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of Passivhaus principles and learn specific techniques such as detailing correct airtightness testing and treatment, interpreting data from Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) and outlining the building methods to employ to avoid thermal bridging. 

Stacey Temprell, residential sector director for Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, said: “The course has been developed to offer tradespeople vital skills and knowledge of Passivhaus to help the UK meet the growing demand for Passivhaus buildings. What makes the Passivhaus course so unique is the focus on practical, hands-on elements enabling sub-contractors, consultants and architects to gain the necessary skills and professional development to achieve the Passivhaus standard on site.” 

On completion of the course, participants will sit an exam to receive international accreditation from the Passivhaus Institute as a certified Passive House Tradesperson, and will have gained a breadth of knowledge to put into practice that complies to trading standards and regulations to build for a sustainable future.


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