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Saint Gobain running passive house tradesperson course this October Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland will be holding a passive house tradesperson course in October, enabling tradespeople to gain international accreditation for one of the world’s most efficient energy standards. The course will allow UK tradespeople to meet the growing demand for passive standard buildings, as more than 1,000 are expected to be built in the UK this year – a one hundredfold increase in just five years. Delivered by experienced personnel from the Passive House Academy in partnership with Saint-Gobain, the course will run from 19-23 October and will be hosted at the passive house workshop in Saint-Gobain’s Technical Academy in Erith, Kent. With a combination of classroom lectures and presentations and a significant amount of time spent on practical hands-on training over a duration of five days, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of passive house principles and learn specific techniques such as detailing correct airtightness testing and treatment, interpreting data from the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP), and outlining the building methods to avoid thermal bridging.

1000 buildings are expected to be constructed to meet the passive house standard in the UK this year, compared to just 10 units in 2010, and the course will help tradespeople gain a competitive advantage by becoming a qualified, accredited contractor.”

Stacey Temprell, residential sector director for Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, said: “The course has been developed to offer tradespeople vital skills and knowledge of passive house construction to help the UK meet the growing demand for passive house buildings. More than

“What makes the passive house course so unique is the focus on practical, hands-on elements enabling sub-contractors, consultants and architects to gain the necessary skills and professional development to achieve the passive house standard on site.”

On completion of the course, participants will sit an exam to receive international accreditation from the Passive House Institute as a certified passive house tradesperson. For more information and to book your place, visit

(above) Practical work at a recent Saint Gobain passive house tradesperson course

Profico bring two passive house windows to the UK New Croydon-based window company Profico is now supplying passive house certified Trocal and Inoutic windows to the UK market. “We mainly concentrate on very high energy efficiency windows and triple-glazing,” Emil Rangelov of Profico told Passive House Plus. The company specialises in uPVC windows, and uPVC windows with aluminium cladding, but will soon be adding timber and timber/alumnium windows to its product range. Profico currently supplies two Passive House Institute certified windows. The Trocal 88+ uPVC window features an 88mm thick profile and has an overall U-value of 0.8, according to its passive house cert. It comes with a 10 year guarantee and is also available with aluminium cladding that is available in every RAL colour. Profico also supplies the Intouic Eforte, which can deliver overall window U-values as low 0.64, again with an optional aluminium frame available in every RAL colour. Floor to ceiling height of the window elements up to 2.6 m are possible thanks to the Inoutic bonding technology. Both of these passive

house windows come with argon fill as standard. “We work with high quality profiles from German manufacturers Trocal and Thyssen/Inoutic, and the hardware manufacturers Maco, Roto, Siegenia and Winkhaus to meet the highest standards in quality, durability and energy efficiency,” Rangelov said. Profico also supplies a range of other double and triple-glazed uPVC windows, as well as sliding, tilt and side doors, patio doors and entrance doors. The company provides a full supply and installation service, and Emil Rangelov told Passive House Plus this leads to better quality of workmanship. “It definitely does, because we can get feedback straight from the customer, and we can inspect our own work and improve it if necessary,” he said. For more information see (right) The Trocal 88+ passive house window, available in the UK via Profico

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Passive house plus issue 11 (UK edition)  

Passive house plus issue 11 (UK edition)