Experiential Learning Opportunities – PassivHaus in Practice

‘This was a fantastic opportunity to learn the benchmarks required for PassivHaus from a talented, experienced and passionate group of people. It was a great experience to see how PassivHaus works in practice and to fully appreciate/understand the benefits of increasing quality in construction.’

In July 2021, Equate Scotland collaborated with the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre to deliver a 3-day blended immersive learning experience covering PassivHaus in Practice for women studying built environment subjects in Scotland. The aim of the training was to upskill women in the latest low carbon construction techniques and who are looking to enter or progress their career in the construction sector.
The 3-day experience encompassed one full day of online modules focused on PassivHaus design and standards using immersive learning techniques delivered by Mark Standen, a role model session with Equate Scotland featuring women speakers who are PassivHaus certified including Kirsty Maguire and Fiona Welch and a CV session and presentation from Anrea Gaffney of Contract Scotland. Day 3 encompassed attendance at the CSIC Innovation factory using PassivHaus rigs, where learners participated in a hands-on experience to develop their practical skills, including their understanding and application of PassivHaus.

• 15 women completed the online modules and 10 attended the hands-on session in the Innovation Factory on Day 3.
• Student attended from 7 different Universities and Colleges including City of Glasgow College, Heriot-Watt University, University of Highlands & Islands, Dundee University, Edinburgh Napier University, Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Glasgow.
• 91% rated the course as excellent and 9% rated it good.
• 100% of the women who attended stated that the training provided them with a good understanding of PassvHaus and how it can be used in the sector
• 64% of participants commented that the content they enjoyed the most related to the practical hands-on learning in the Innovation Factory on Day 3, with the remaining 35% citing the online modules. Students really value and appreciate the opportunity to do something hands on and practical related to their learning.
• 50% of the women who attended were able to apply the skills and knowledge they learned as part of their course, 30% said to a great extent and 10% said to a limited extent. 20% of those who completed the eval did not attend Day 3 in the Innovation Factory.
• The top 4 skills developed were problem solving (100%), teamwork (90%), Communication and networking (70%).

‘PassivHaus in Practice Training allowed me to further my understanding of the construction industry overall as well as exposing myself to a different environment that we got used to as students. It has been a very valuable experience, and one from which I genuinely learned a great deal from.’

‘This is the second Equate experience I have taken part in and it has definitely confirmed that I want to be involved in the construction industry. I have now got a job in the industry and the experiences definitely gave me a good talking point and the opportunity to show my enthusiasm towards the construction industry at interview. In my role now as a Building Standards Surveyor it will benefit my understanding if a PassivHaus building warrant application is submitted.’

PassivHaus is a standard used in the design and build of energy efficient buildings, which reduce the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. As the Construction Sector focuses on reducing carbon emissions to achieve net zero targets by 2045, skills in PassivHaus have never been more in demand.
To hear more about our experiential and online events and how to sign up when opportunities open, please see https://equatescotland.org.uk/experiential-learning-workshops/