CPD Cert. in Building Energy Modelling Using PHPP 

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Advanced CPD Cert.

100 Hours online Learning 

6 Week, Part Time Course 

 50 PHI credits 

Only £870 + VAT 

The AECB are delighted to be in collaboration with TUDublin to offer you a professional level academic CPD course on Energy Modelling Tools using PHPP. The course is a module from TUDublin's very successful MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) programme.

The CPD Certificate in Building Energy Modelling using PHPP module is designed to enable experienced building design professionals to develop and apply an understanding of the international Passive House Planning Pack (PHPP) modelling and design tool when exploring the building performance of existing and new buildings, whether residential or non-residential, in temperate climatic zones such as Ireland or the UK. 

The module presents the robust and repeatedly validated calculation theories and building energy modelling protocols first created by Germany's Passivhaus Institut in the late 1980s. Through its use of a suite of online tools, videoed lectures, webinars, social media platform and significant feedback, it facilitates the student's development of skills in the application of the PHPP design tool and explores techniques for upgrading geometry, fabric and services installations to achieve the Passive House Classic Standard.

This CPD module is offered to building design professional who have no knowledge of the Passive House Standard or the PHPP tool. However, building design professionals who previously attended an industry CPD on PHPP may value the opportunity to refresh, apply and deepen their knowledge in a structured way. The Passivhaus Institute provides 50 PHI points to students who are successful in passing the module.

The delivery and approach to assessment suits fully-employed building design professionals seeking certified upskilling.

A restricted version of the PHPP software will be available for students to use for the purpose of this course only. If you don't have your own copy of the software and are planning to go on to use the PHPP software for your own projects, you can purchase a copy here. A link to buy the PHPP software can be found towards the bottom of this webpage. It will also be necessary for students to have access to CAD or BIM software in order to read dimensions of a CAD drawing.

Building Design professionals with any of the following qualifications may apply:

  • Registered Architects, Architectural Technologists, Building Surveyors or Chartered Engineers;
  • Those previously qualified as Certified Passive House Designer or who have acted as PH designer / consultant on a certified PH project, plus 2 years minimum relevant industry experience, or equivalent;
  • Other technical design professionals subject to a minimum qualification of a 2.2 honours degree, plus 2 years minimum relevant accredited professional experience, or equivalent recognised prior learning.
  • Those who have completed the PHT Bitesize PHPP course or the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit course plus 2 years minimum relevant industry experience/accredited professional experience, or equivalent

The course teaches students how to apply the PHPP design tool to estimate operational energy consumption of a building design, and facilitates their development of skills to optimise geometry, fabric, and services installations to achieve the Passive House Classic Standard. On Completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Appraise the Passive House Standard and PHPP as an energy analysis tool.
  • Critically apply the PHPP tool in the energy analysis of the geometry and fabric of a conventional Irish building with typical forms and construction.
  • Critically apply the PHPP tool in the selection of building services and plant for the provision of heating, cooling and hot water in an Irish building of typical construction.
  • Apply the PHPP design tool at a professional level to optimise the design of a building to Passive House Standard.

Click here to see the detailed course timetable, including webinar times, self-study times and assessment dates.


  • This is a professional online learning programme, delivered using cloud-based online technologies;
  • All students are trained in the use of online technologies and tools as part of their induction to the programme;
  • The programme is part-time, designed to allow one to work professionally alongside studying, with course material and webinars (which are recorded to enable repeat viewing) taking place weekly in the evenings. One afternoon workshop in the fifth week provides vital feedback on draft submissions of the concluding project;
  • The programme runs for 6 weeks commencing on Wednesday 3rd November and culminating on 17th December 2021;
  • The programme allows for both summative and formative feedback and culminates in a project based submission;
  • Limited pre-learning will be provided.

There are a range of ways in which we take account of the busy lives of the students:

  • The only fixed dates are webinars on the first four Tuesdays at 8pm, an online exam at 8pm on the second and fourth Thursday and the workshop.
  • Flexibility is provided via:

(a) the online resources;

(b) videoed lectures that can be repeatedly watched (slowed down or sped up);

(c) the recording of webinars to allow later watching;

(d) the provision of repeat online exams for those who couldn't attend, or didn't pass, the first exams within the same semester; and

(e) the supplemental exams and project submissions in the Autumn.




  • Recorded online  expert lectures;
  • Interactive online webinars;
  • On-line supportive community of learners and engagement with fellow learners;
  • Self-directed learning during and outside contact hours;
  • Project-based formative exercises exploring the application of the international Passive House energy performance metric to a real-world project demanding the application of energy measurement protocols to ISO and German DIN standards, cross-disciplinary design and assessment of components, assemblies and systems and the evaluation of associated construction complexity;
  • Formative learning is tested in small online exams and consolidated in a concluding project
  • Summative on-line assessment of the application of software tools and standards-based methodologies to critical assessment, auditing and adjustment of a pre-defined building with non-compliant performance to achieve a defined performance target.

Assignment 1 = Online Assessment (35% weighting)

Assignment 2 = Online Assessment (35% weighting)

Assignment 3 = Project (30% weighting)

Graduates of the CPD Certificate in Energy Modelling PHPP module will be equipped with a comprehensive insight into the challenges involved in achieving the PHPP performance standard. They will:

  •  Accumulated ~100 hours of CPD;
  •  Attain 10 UK Credits/ 5 EU ECTs( Masters level);
  • Acquire 50 credits towards PHI Certification renewal.

How to regsiter this course as CPD with the Passivhaus Institute (once completed):

This PHI webpage contains guidence on how to claim PHI points for your CPD, scroll down to the 'Earn further credit points to renew the certificate' section, click on 'Check the required documents!' and follow the guidence. Where it asks for the event ID number, the ID number for this course is: K169_2021_GB

Further Studies:

Graduates of the CPD Certificate in Energy Modelling PHPP module will be eligible for progression to the blended online Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) which is the first part of the three part MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design). Graduates can progress to each stage of the programme on a modular basis.

Earn 50 Passivhaus Institut (PHI) credit points on successful completion of the course

Apply Now for November 2021

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Students from Northern Ireland are entitled to apply directly to TU Dublin and therefore pay the Irish fee (EU840 in total).