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Passivhaus in Practice

23rd August 2022 @ 9:30 am - 25th August 2022 @ 4:00 pm

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Our world is rapidly evolving, with more focus than ever on environmental protections, sustainability and innovation. The construction sector is gearing up for major change with a particular focus on reducing carbon emissions in order to achieve net-zero carbon targets by 2045. Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort using very little energy for heating and cooling. It is a whole-building approach focused on high-quality construction.   

Equate Scotland in partnership with BE-ST are delighted to offer a 3-day blended immersive learning experience for women and non-binary people. The training will upskill and reskill women and non-binary people in the latest low-carbon construction techniques. The course is for people who are looking to enter or progress their careers in the construction sector. Some previous knowledge of construction and/or engineering practices and terminology would be beneficial.   

Who can apply: 

  • Women or non-binary people in construction who are interested in these techniques 
  • Students who are in 2nd year or above of a built environment subject at undergraduate level 
  • Students who are studying at HNC/HND level 
  • Women or non-binary people interested in a career change to construction 

The training will encompass 1 day of online training in Passivhaus design and standards using immersive learning techniques, followed by two days in the BE-ST Innovation factory using Passivhaus rigs, where learners will gain hands-on experience to develop their practical skills.   

Skills in Passivhaus have never been more in demand and are essential to reduce carbon and improve air quality for more energy efficient buildings. This presents a significant opportunity for more women to enter and progress in the construction sector. 

Spaces on this course are limited and will be awarded on the basis of an application only. Guidance on completing your application can be found at this link.

Passivhaus in Practice Application Guidance

To apply for a place please complete the Equate Scotland online application form using the link below.

Application Form

If you have any questions about your application or require any additional support in completing it please contact us at   

Applications close on July 31

Agenda for the course is below.

Day 1: Online- Full Day Tuesday 23rd August hosted by BE-ST 


  • Online Introduction to programme from Equate Scotland and BE-ST 
  • Online Modules: Principles of Passivhaus  
  • Online Modules: Passivhaus in practice 


Day 2: Rig training at BE-ST Innovation factory – full day Wednesday 24th August 

09:30- 16:00 

  • Introduction to Peterwarm- Guest Speaker 

4 different rig constructions:   

  • Demonstrating airtightness 
  • Demonstrating thermal barrier and low thermal bridging  
  • Evaluation of performance  
  • Cutting and installing insulation  
  • Taping the rigs  
  • Testing airtightness  


Day 3: At BE-ST Innovation Factory – Thursday 25th August 2022    


  • Female guest speaker from BE-ST about their career journey.
  • BE-ST to run a skills session e.g. presentation skills, interview skills etc. 
  • Equate to run a session on support for women in the sector.