Passivhaus Contractor Training - Bristol

This course is a collaboration by AECB Carbonlite, The Green Register of Construction Professionals and the Futureproof Initiative. Grant funding available via CITB.

Our Contractor Training comprises a 2-day course, which balances theory with practical, hands-on learning. There is an optional extra revision session and Tradesperson exam if you would like to gain this internationally-recognised qualification.

Led by UK experts, the course is aimed at anyone working on a low-energy or Passivhaus project, including builders, site managers, design managers and clients.

Do this course if you want to learn the skills to achieve Passivhaus standards on site and (optionally) take the exam to gain the Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson qualification.

Course Description

A unique 2-day course looking at the practical side of low energy buildings. Ideal for site managers, builders and clients involved in any level of construction. The course centres on core Passivhaus (fabric-first) building strategies that are suitable for both new build and renovation projects, and is taught through a mix of theory and hands–on practical sessions.

This is one of the only courses in the UK that covers all the essential aspects of low-energy construction, including what it means practically when implemented on site. Our training provides knowledge & expertise in key aspects of fabric-first construction for both new build and retrofit.

You can take the first 2 days as a stand-alone module, or if you would like to gain accreditation, you can go on to complete the revision session and exam.

The course covers the following areas:

  • Energy standards and Passivhaus principles
  • Fundamental aspects for achieving Passivhaus, including insulation, high-performance glazing, airtightness, thermal bridging and ventilation
  • How to ensure quality is delivered on site

Hands-on sessions are site specific and will typically include the following:

  • Insulation – looking at insulation types, installing insulation (wood fibre) to avoid thermal bypass
  • Airtightness – installing membranes to different substrates with a variety of tapes & adhesives
  • Blower door test – understanding what to look for when a building is tested
  • Practical calculations & exercises on airtightness and thermal bridging

Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson Revision Session and Exam

Length: 0.5 days (revision) + 0.5 days (exam), on the same day, to take place on 15th May 2020.

This optional session builds on the contractor training to prepare you for taking the Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson Exam and gaining this internationally-recognised qualification. Those who qualify can use the Passivhaus Tradesperson logo and will be registered on the global database for the next 5 years.

Please note: completing this course does not qualify participants for Certified European Passivhaus (CEPH) Designer status. If you wish to become a CEPH Designer, please take our Passivhaus Designer Course.

Day 1 Day 2
Morning Introduction to Passivhaus
Airtightness overview
Insulation theory
Insulation practical 1
Afternoon Fan test practical
Taping practical
Insulation practical 2
Thermal bridging theory
Windows theory
Building services theory

Funding to assist with fees

This course is eligible for grant funding through the CITB Short Duration route. If you or your company is CITB registered (whether or not paying the levy), you are likely to be eligible to receive a grant towards this course

In addition, you’ll be able to apply for Skills & Training Funding through CITB, which may cover the remaining cost of the course. Find out more here.


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TGR/AECB/PHT members:  £290 excl. VAT for 2-day course, 30th April & 1st May 2020

Non-Members:  £390 excl. VAT for 2-day course, 30th April & 1st May 2020

Passivhaus Tradesperson Revision Session and Exam:  £375 excl. VAT. Session to take place on 15th May 2020.

About Futureproof

The Futureproof initiative in the West of England region connects homeowners needing energy-saving retrofit with builders skilled in region on key areas of low-carbon construction. For more information and to register your interest, please visit or email

Attendance will make you eligible for Green Register membership

This event is held in conjunction with

With thanks to partners

April 30th, 2020 9:00 AM   to   May 1st, 2020 5:30 PM
Kellaway Building Supplies
Group Head Office, Olympus House
Britannia Road Patchway
Bristol, BS34 5TA
United Kingdom

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Event Fee(s)
Members (AECB, PHT, TGR) - excl. VAT £ 290.00
Non-members - excl. VAT £ 390.00
Passivhaus Tradesperson Revision Session and Exam £ 375.00

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