Passivhaus Series: 1. Fundamentals of Passivhaus - London

Event one of our series of four half-day Passivhaus events held in conjunction with AECB CarbonLite. Last season's sessions were fully booked so reserve your place now!

The Green Register and AECB CarbonLite are pleased to be working together to provide four half-day technical sessions in London 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 Marine Sanchez, Will South and Peter Warm, assisted by Tom Dollard, all experts in the field.

Attendance will make you eligible for Green Register membership

Event One: Fundamentals of Passivhaus, with Marine Sanchez

This half day session introduces the principles behind the Passivhaus standard (Thermal Comfort!) and the differences from normal construction so that everyone on the design team can understand the process. At the pre planning stage, the focus is mostly on how the choice of Massing/Shape and Glazing/Fenestration can make significant differences to how easily the design can meet the Passivhaus target. Post Planning permission, particularly at detail design stage, the emphasis shifts to ensuring that the actual construction is as close to the theoretical thermal performance as possible.

In the UK this gap between theory and practice has become known as the “performance gap”. The main culprits are examined: lack of Airtightness, and problems with Insulation, such as a lack of understanding of thermal bridging and convective bypass, and how these impact negatively on the thermal envelope.  

Some attention as to the requirements for all seasons comfort are also discussed: Summer overheating can be dealt with by design if there is an understanding of the processes: seasonal shading, natural and/or mechanical ventilation, together with care over uncontrolled internal heat loads can deal with most problems without recourse to cooling in this climate. Minimizing Summer overheating is a core part of the Passivhaus target. 

Finally we take a look at the support and resources available in the UK, from to Passivhaus designers and building certifiers working in the UK. 

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 speaker: Marine Sanchez

As principal building physics engineer, Marine has led on the design of Enhabit’s Passivhaus projects since 2011. She has a particular focus on the site delivery of high performance buildings (new-build and retrofit), which started with the completion of the first EnerPHit retrofit in London. She specialises in fabric efficiency and moisture risk management. Marine also works with the AECB as a trainer on the Passivhaus designer course, and acts as an adviser on the CIBSE Board Building Performance Strategy group and UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings. Marine holds a Master’s in Sustainable Building, Performance and Design from the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture and a Master’s in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Nantes in France.

All Events in London:

  • 21 March 2018 – Fundamentals of Passivhaus
  • 28 March 2018 – Construction for Passivhaus
  • 25 April 2018 – Building Services for Passivhaus
  • 2 May 2018 – Putting Passivhaus into Practice

Other UK dates:

Fundamentals of Passivhaus: Newcastle, 1 February 2018 / Bristol, 26 September 2018
Construction for Passivhaus: Newcastle, 1 February 2018 / Bristol, 26 September 2018
Building Services for Passivhaus: Newcastle, 8 February 2018 / Bristol, 3 October 2018
Putting Passivhaus into Practice: Newcastle, 8 February 2018 / Bristol, 3 October 2018


Please see here to book and for 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

March 21st, 2018 2:00 PM   to   5:30 PM
Pollard Thomas Edwards
Diespeker Wharf
38 Graham Street
London, N1 8JX
United Kingdom

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

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