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A short overview of EEBD courses – Passive House: Integrating Thermal comfort and Moisture Issues


Hej! I hope you are doing fine!

Here comes another episode of short overviews for the courses which I have completed so far. Please note, that usually the content of courses is updated every year. So, do not forget to check the program’s web page ( to receive updates and precise information.

Today I am going to talk about “Passive House: Integrating Thermal comfort and Moisture Issues”. The main goal of the course was to introduce and get us familiar with passive design principles for buildings and their components. The best thing about this course is that it allows us to test and use the knowledge acquired in previous theoretical courses – thermal comfort and moisture safety predictions.

When it comes to my personal experience, I would say that this course is my favorite for several reasons. First of all, it gave me the possibility to design my first passive house from scratch. It may sound easy, especially for architecture students like me, since we are used to designing different and more complex buildings than simple houses during our bachelor studies, but in reality, it can be challenging. Secondly, there are so many details that need to be taken into account to reach passive house standards such as moisture, indoor climate, energy consumption in relation to building geometry, landscape, materials and systems selections, window to wall ratios, etc. But do not be scared. As I mentioned earlier, all of these principles were already discussed in previous courses, here we need to apply them in practice, which in my opinion is a great way of learning and understanding. Together with the energy part, architectural quality is also an important part, so you can show your creativity here!

That’s all for now! I hope you find this information useful and interesting. Please let me know if you have more questions in the comments. As I said before, I am preparing a blog regarding student housing, I will publish it as soon as I have all the necessary information. Stay tuned!


Take care!


3 March, 2021

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