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Sustainable building using Passive Houses Principles Training program


Michael Matthew

Fellowship Partner/Sponsor:

Victorian Skills Authority


Building & Construction


United Kingdom

Fellowship Year:



Passive House is a German voluntary standard for energy efficiency in building. The goal of this Fellowship is to teach prisoners construction techniques that meet Passive House Principles using structurally insulated panels (SIP’s).

The first step is to obtain a Passive House certification, followed by developing an understanding of Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) from the manufacturers. This included learning the manufacturing process, logistics, engineering and installation of Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs).

The final stage looks at identifying gaps within the building industry sector and developing training modules within the construction qualification framework. These modules are taught in correctional facilities to help prisoners obtain a certification in construction with specialised skills in building using SIPs (Structurally insulated panels) to meet Passive House Standards.

On completion of these modules, prisoners will have a niche in the building industry giving them an edge in the job market and thereby reducing recidivism.

Sustainable building using Passive Houses Principles Training program
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