Passivhaus Practical Training

Don't wait for December 2024. Get prepared for the Scottish Passivhaus Equivalent now.

Get ahead of the game

December 2024 is rapidly approaching, and the new Scottish Passivhaus Equivalent will be here before we know it. 

All new homes are set to adhere to a new minimum environmental design standards to meet the Passivhaus standard, or a Scottish equivalent, in order to improve energy efficiency and thermal performance.

BE-ST | Coaction | Passivhaus Trust Endorsed

Passivhaus Practical Training

Alongside Coaction, we are delighted to offer Passvihaus Practical Training endorsed by the Passivhaus Trust at an intermediate level.

Attendees will get the opportunity to get hands-on with our training rigs and undertake rapid upskilling of:

  • Designing for construction
  • How to assess the risks in a design
  • What can go wrong and how to avoid it
  • What good looks like
  • What it takes to achieve airtightness
  • Impact of sequencing and material choices on build quality

This course is aimed at attendees who have some prior understanding of Passivhaus or have completed the Coaction Certified Passivhaus Designer or Certified Passivhaus Tradeperson training.

Course overview

Our Passivhaus Practical Training takes place at BE-ST's innovative A Lab on their purpose-built campus in Hamilton. It's a collaborative effort between Built Environment - Smarter Transformation and Coaction Training CIC, both organisations deeply committed to upskilling the construction industry for a low carbon future.

You will be assigned a dedicated experienced trainer, who will take you through all you need to know.

Attendees will get the opportunity to get hands-on with our training rigs and undertake rapid upskilling of:

  • Designing for construction
  • How to assess the risks in a design
  • What can go wrong and how to avoid it
  • What good looks like
  • What it takes to achieve airtightness
  • Impact of sequencing and material choices on build quality

After completing this course, you'll feel like you've already been part of a Passivhaus project from start to finish. You'll have the practical knowledge and skills to apply these lessons to any future construction work, ensuring that your projects meet Passivhaus standards and deliver energy-efficient, sustainable results.

Discounted Coaction Alumni price - £120.00 ex VAT*

Discounted Group (5+) price - £120.00 ex VAT

Standard price - £150.00 ex VAT

*Discounted price valid if you have completed Coaction Passivhaus Online Training.

For Designers & Consultants: If you're involved in the design phase, this course will help you assess the buildability of your designs, appreciate what contractors need to know, and effectively support them throughout the construction process.

For Contractors: Gain the knowledge needed to plan and manage a successful Passivhaus build. You'll learn to assess design risks, understand the essentials for quality construction, and deliver projects that align with Passivhaus principles.

For Practitioners & Operatives: Practitioners and operatives attending the Passivhaus Practical Training can expect to enhance their Passivhaus expertise by bridging the gap between design and construction, assessing design risks, mastering airtightness techniques, and gaining practical knowledge about material selection and sequencing.

Upskill your construction team

This immersive one-day course is designed to take your construction skills to the next level and experience Passivhaus in action.

What previous trainees say

The training at BE-ST provided us with the qualifications and skills necessary to build to the Passivhaus standard. Clare Booth, Coldwells Build
Excellent training and hospitality. Very positive feedback from all attending. Cameron Bell, Ayrshire College
Great to finally put theory into practice - the day was packed with invaluable tips from the trainers. Highly recommend! Course attendee

Trainee success stories

Ross and Clare Booth, Coldwells Build

When Coldwells Build heard about BE-ST’s training through word of mouth, Ross and Clare decided to educate and upskill themselves and their workforce of joiners and builders. After participating in both the Passivhaus theory and practical courses with BE-ST, the team sat their Passivhaus exams.

In early 2024, Coldwells Build will launch a collection of prefabricated, turnkey Passivhaus designs - the first of their kind in Scotland.

Scotland's first Passivhaus social housing development, Cruden Building Scotland

Architect, manager and operatives on Scotland's first Passivhaus social housing development all trained with BE-ST to improve their knowledge and see what went into Passivhaus, and what it might look like on site. The training helped them anticipate problems and difficult details in advance, opening up conversations about how best to do things.

Ayrshire College Construction Technology and Carpentry & Joinery

Lecturers from Ayrshire College Construction Technology and Carpentry & Joinery curriculum areas took part in a Passivhaus and retrofit session with us. The session allowed the lecturers gain better understanding when they come to teaching students about Passivhaus, retrofit and sustainable building practices in the College.


Frequently asked questions

This training is ideal for individuals with a foundational understanding of Passivhaus principles and who want to be able to put that theory into practice. It's suitable for designers, consultants, contractors and anyone else looking to enhance their Passivhaus expertise. It also serves as a great follow on to those who have completed Passivhaus Designer or Passivhaus Tradesperson training.

The training covers a range of practical aspects, including designing for construction, risk assessment in design, achieving airtightness, understanding sequencing and material choices, and more. You'll gain hands-on experience and insights from experienced practitioners.

The training is conducted at BE-ST's A Lab, located on their purpose-built campus in Hamilton, offering a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Yes, we offer multiple training dates to accommodate your schedule. You can choose the date that works best for you during the registration process.


Yes, groups of 5 or more and Coaction Passivhaus Online Training alumni are eligible for a 20% discounted course fee. Please check the registration details for pricing options and use the code 'coaction' on checkout.


We understand that plans can change. Please contact the organiser to inquire about our refund policy. However, please note that Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.


We welcome everyone who is interested in enhancing their understanding in this area to join the course. If you're completely new to the concept of Passivhaus, we recommend starting off with some introductory resources before attending this practical training so that you can make the most out of the day.


We recommend bringing a notebook and pen for taking notes. Dress comfortably and be prepared for a hands-on learning experience.


If you have any additional questions or need further information, please don't hesitate to contact Caitriona Jordan, BE-ST.


While no specific preparation is required, having a basic understanding of Passivhaus principles will enhance your learning experience. If you're new to Passivhaus, consider familiarising yourself with introductory resources beforehand.


This training offers the unique opportunity for everyone to put Passivhaus theory into practice, enabling you to gain valuable hands-on experience and insights that can enhance your overall construction knowledge and skills.

Yes, attendees will receive digital badges at the end of the course which are endorsed by Passivhaus trust at an intermediate level. Please note that this is issued by BE-ST and is not by an external certification body. However, it serves as a valuable acknowledgment of your participation, and the skills you've acquired during the training.


The cost of the Passivhaus Practical Training may vary depending on your eligibility for discounts or promotions. We offer a discounted rate for Coaction Passivhaus Online Training alumni and group bookings (5+ tickets booked) at 20% off, priced at £120*. The standard price is £150.


The course fee includes access to the Passivhaus Practical Training, all course materials, hands-on learning experiences, and a certificate of completion. Please refer to the pricing details on the registration page for specific inclusions and any optional extras.


By the end of the Passivhaus Practical Training, you'll likely feel confident and well-prepared to tackle Passivhaus projects with a practical mindset. You'll have gained hands-on experience, learned how to bridge theory with real-world construction, assessed design risks effectively, mastered airtightness techniques, and understood the importance of material selection and sequencing.

BE-ST (Built Environment - Smarter Transformation), Coaction Training CIC, and the Passivhaus Trust are all key organisations in the field of sustainable construction and Passivhaus training. BE-ST is dedicated to accelerating the built environment to zero carbon and in 2021 launched Scotland's first national Passivhaus training programme, Passivhaus in Practice. Coaction Training CIC (formerly CarbonLite) specialises in Passivhaus and Passivhaus Designer training, equipping professionals with Passivhaus knowledge across the UK. The Passivhaus Trust promotes the adoption of Passivhaus standards for energy-efficient building design and construction. Their combined expertise ensures high-quality Passivhaus training and sustainable building practices.



Upskill your construction team

This immersive one-day course is designed to take your construction skills to the next level and experience Passivhaus in action.