Getting Started

So you have heard about the fantastic benefits of the Passivhaus standard and would like to find out how to build your own?

The 'How to build Passivhaus' UK Passivhaus Knowledge Base is home to all of the latest guidance from the Passivhaus Trust, Passivhaus Institute and other industry bodies. The guidance has been written and peer-reviewed by leading experts in the industry and is a unique reference source about products, systems and approaches that have been used on certified Passivhaus buildings in the UK. 


Read our introductory guides

Passivhaus an introduction
Passivhaus: An Introduction

This introductory guide provides an overview of the Passivhaus standard, how it can be achieved, how to get started and looks at 12 certified Passivhaus projects across the UK.

Why Choose PassivhausWhy Choose Passivhaus?

This publication aims to address some of the questions and misconceptions that have been raised around Passivhaus, and to encourage developers and others to consider Passivhaus. It covers questions centring on ‘Why choose Passivhaus’ as opposed to another approach, and includes information about: costs, complexity, aesthetics, air quality, overheating, materials, embodied energy and usability.



Speak to a Passivhaus expert

In order to become a certified Passivhaus designer, architects and engineers must undertake a robust training programme culminating in a rigorous exam. A certified designer will have been tested in many areas of Passivhaus design including fundamentals and technical theory, construction methods and detailing, building services, design and PHPP.

Find a Passivhaus Trust member who is a certified Passivhaus designer or consultant here, or search by area with our new members map. Search the full list of certified designers/consultants worldwide here.


Get into the detail

How to build a Passivhaus: Rules of thumbHow to build a Passivhaus: Rules of Thumb

Our latest publication highlights the key aspects of designing to the Passivhaus standard and the do's and don'ts on how to successfully build a Passivhaus. The information in the guide can also be found separately within this guide as 'guidance notes'.


Visit a Passivhaus

The annual UK Passivhaus Open Days event is a great opportunity for the public to visit Passivhaus buildings and learn from those with first-hand experience and knowledge of occupying, constructing or designing Passivhaus projects. UK Passivhaus Open Days takes place in June and November, whilst Passivhaus Trust members regularly open their doors to visitors throughout the year. Click here for more information.​


Read key guidance from Passivhaus Trust and Passivhaus Institute

We have picked out some key guidance published by the Passivhaus Trust, Passivhaus Institute and other organisations which we recommend you read.



Filter guidance by category including peer-reviewed guidance notes, rules of thumb, related products and case studies