Sustainability Architecture: Passivhaus and other systems

Sustainability Architecture: Passivhaus and other systems

Sustainability Architecture: Passivhaus and other systems

This seminar sets the scene by outlining the technical features of sustainable construction methods and systems, then explores the Passivhaus approach, setting it in the wider context of sustainable design and construction in the UK. We explore the core focus of the ‘Passivhaus standard’ - which is ‘to dramatically reduce the requirement for space heating and cooling, while also creating excellent indoor air quality and comfort levels’ and delegates should leave with an understanding of the detailing aspects of Passivhaus design: glazing and shading, airtightness, orientation and ventilation.
Speakers include: Arch. George Mikurcik, Passivhaus designer (Architype); Dipl. Ing. Arch. Alexandra Ziegler, MSc (CH- Zurich / NL- Utrech); Arch. Angela Ruiz del Portal, MSc (WSA).

Who should take the course?

This course is designed for architects and other built environment professionals

Course delivery details

You can access this course online. There is one unique enrolment process to access all six Sustainable Architecture courses. The Sustainable Architecture course suite includes:

*The Sustainability Jigsaw and how it affects you
• *Passivhaus and other systems (Available beginning of May)
Refurbishment and performance of pre-1919 buildings (available Mid-May)
Retrofitting for climate change adaptation (available beginning of June)
Place of Home, Community and People. (Available Mid-June)
Whole life cost. Procurement and contracts (Available beginning of July)

*Study of these 2 subjects, complemented with assessment, contributes to achievement of 1-credit qualification at CQFW Level 5.

The online content includes the recordings of presentations that have been delivered during half-day sessions at venues across Wales. These presentations have been completed with Q&A from the sessions, further reading and an opportunity for online discussion on the subject.

These courses have been designed by the Welsh School of Architecture and delivered in partnership with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales.


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Course dates

7th July pm


8th July am


13th July pm



In order to attend the course free of charge you must fit the eligibility criteria:

  • Live or work in one of Wales' Convergence Areas
  • Be employed or self employed
  • Work in the built environment sector or allied services
  • NOT work for a Public Sector organisation

In order to ensure the eligibility of delegates, you will be asked to complete a Participant Form and supplementary information to evidence eligibility.

How to book

Please download and complete the Enrollment form.

If you have any queries, please email: Angela Ruiz Del Portal at


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