Passivhaus Series: 3. Construction for Passivhaus - Newcastle

Event three of our series of four half-day Passivhaus events held in conjunction with AECB CarbonLite.

The Green Register and AECB CarbonLite are pleased to be working together to provide four half-day technical sessions on the Passivhaus principles.

Although the full Passivhaus training is a fantastic way to gain an in depth understanding of all aspects of Passivhaus design, some construction professionals may not have the time or resources to be able to attend the typical Passivhaus two week course.

These half-day sessions offer insight into all the main principles i.e. what makes a good low energy, comfortable building based on the Passivhaus standard. The training is ideal for architects and other design professionals as the focus in these courses is on design principles.

The four sessions will be run by Mark Siddall and Eric Parks, both experts in the field.

Attendance will make you eligible for Green Register membership

Event Three: Construction for Passivhaus, Eric Parks

How do I build a Passivhaus? How is it different from normal construction? This half day session answers these questions along with some specific guidance on achieving the level of airtightness and thermal bridge free construction required by the standard.

Airtightness, convective bypass, thermal bridging are discussed in relation to common constructions.  Insulation materials are shown and their properties discussed, singling out those that are effective in damp and load bearing situations. Suitable airtightness materials are discussed and shown, and the necessity of an airtightness strategy discussed.

The session stresses the preferred option of designing out thermal bridges rather than using expensive load bearing insulation.  Along with avoiding thermal bridging, keeping the airtightness layer simple on plan and site is stressed. You will get a chance to try your hand at detailing some common construction elements in a small group exercise.

Finally, but not least, a look at the contractual side and suggestions for ways responsibility can be allocated to carry the Passivhaus principles through to the on-site teams.

Who should attend?
This course is aimed principally at building professionals in the UK:  Architects, Builders, Structural and Services Engineers, Quantity surveyors and Potential Clients – all can learn how to deliver real low energy buildings. It introduces the principles behind the Passivhaus standard and for achieving low energy performance. Unlike the full Passivhaus Designer course and exam, these sessions do not require calculations, but show the principles behind the standard so that every member of the design team can understand what the Passivhaus Designer on the team is doing.

About the trainer:

Eric Parks is an Architect and Certified Passivhaus Designer who has specialised solely in the field of ecological design and sustainable construction in both the US and UK. He has experience in research, development and prototyping of sustainable building systems with CMPBS in Austin, Texas.

In the UK, Eric’s architectural training and experience has taken place with two of the UK’s leading sustainable design specialists, Simmonds Mills: Architects, Builders and Eco Arc. Currently, Eric runs his own architecture practice and sustainable building consultancy.

All Events in Newcastle:

  • 4th February 2019 - AM – Fundamentals of Passivhaus
  • 4th February 2019 - PM – Building Services for Passivhaus
  • 13th February 2019 - AM – Construction for Passivhaus
  • 13th February – PM - Putting Passivhaus into Practice

Other UK locations:

  • London Series: All 4 events - April & May 2019
  • Bristol Series: All 4 events - October 2019


To book and see an overview of all events:


TGR/AECB/PHT members:  £112 excl. VAT per session / discounted rate of £400 excl. VAT for all four sessions

Non-Members:  £125 excl. VAT per session / discounted rate of £450 excl. VAT for all four sessions


The Green Register are fully supporting and involved in this series of events, however the booking process, event content and pricing are dealt with externally via the booking site.  For any queries on this, please contact:

This event is held in conjunction with

With thanks to partners

February 13th, 2019 9:00 AM   to   1:00 PM
Cooper's Studios
14-18 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3NN
United Kingdom

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Members (AECB, PHT, TGR) - excl. VAT £ 112.00
Non-members - excl. VAT £ 125.00

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