International Passive House Summer School for Students (PH-SS)

Summer school / workshop for design, construction and calculation of buildings in the passive house standard for students from Austrian and European universities.

Short Description




12-days English-speaking intensive workshop for students about building in the passive house standard, planning and construction criteria, detail solutions, material knowledge, calculation methods, quality control, measuring exercises, construction site visits and 3-days excursion.

Project objective

The project "Passive House - Summerschool" is a know-how transfer project with the target group of upper semester students from Austrian and foreign universities in the fields of architecture and construction engineering.

Target group

With the target group, an important concern is to invite both architects and construction engineers in order to build up and consolidate mutual understanding by common teamwork. This cooperation is fundamental because energy efficient buildings demand a very high quality. The countries of origin of the participants should also be as varied as possible in order to promote international distribution and combination.


The Summer School is therefore conceived and held in English.


In a 12-days intensive workshop building in the passive house standard should competently be communicated in a concentrated form. This Summer School started in the summer of 2007.


Design and planning, construction, calculation, installations, quality assurance and user satisfaction are the topics of lectures, teamworks and practical exercises. Construction site visits and one 3-days excursion to buildings (projects within the program "Building of Tomorrow" and others), demonstrating innovative technology and high architectural quality, complete the workshop.


The teaching experts consist of Carinthia University lecturers and researchers in the field of the passive house standard and experts of the network IG Passive House working in innovative building practice.


The results reached are

  • an increase of knowledge for the participants,
  • consolidation and rise of motivation to work in this field and
  • an international formation under students,
  • the international dissemination of building in the passive house standard and of the results of the program "Building of Tomorrow",
  • the announcement of Austrian quality products, and
  • a translation of course materials into English which are generally available now.


Marktpotenzial und Bekanntheitsgrad des Passivhauses in Österreich

Schriftenreihe 11/2010 M. Plate, W. Moser, G. Elvin, Herausgeber: BMVIT
Deutsch, 129 Seiten
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Basics of the Passive House

Calculation of a Passive House

Building shell, construction



Heating, warm water and electricity

Quality control, checklist


Exanokes if soecuak features

Renovation, renewal, improvement

Supporting sustainability and energy-efficiency

Project Partners

Project management

DI Ernst Heiduk
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Project or cooperation partner

  • IG Passivhaus Carinthia

Contact Address

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
Ernst Heiduk
Villacher Str. 1, 9800 Spittal a.d. Drau
Tel.: +43 (0)5 90500 1138
Fax: +43 (0)5 90500 1110