LatamHaus: Passivhaus Designer Course impact

LatamHaus, in partnership with ILAPH, Arquiambiente and  Castano y Asociados, delivered such a fantastic time during the Passive House Designer Course. LatamHaus supported some participants with 80% scholarships. Our biggest aim is to develop capacity-building activities and support net-Zero and carbon-neutral projects aligned with the UK Government’s national and international goals.

We recognise that one of the most important factors for this kind of project is setting the seed for change on the right people. That is why we at LatamHaus decided to support academics, professionals, and policymakers on their carer development as Passivhaus designers. We are confident these people will have a broad impact on their communities and countries. Shortly after the finishing course, a participant shared the way it has already impacted him and their institution opening and opened international research collaboration opportunities:

“I started an international collaboration to develop a net-Zero residential tower pilot project in my city. The skills and abilities I learned in this course will help us achieve our university goals. The support from the LatamHaus network made this possible and would like to continue working with Lancaster University in this and future projects.”

— Academic participant

Other participants also shared how they see the impact that these new skills and abilities will have an impact on their day to day life and communities:

“As a specialist in restoration and rehabilitation at a building and urban levels, this course has been beneficial to approach the Passivhaus methodology into heritage buildings. In a broad context, I see the potential at the local, national and international level to develop projects and establish interdisciplinary collaborations. It was interesting to see the experiences in Europe and Latin  American countries where this methodology has already been applied.”

— Academic participant

“I believe that this course will have a very significant impact on my professional work, but above all on the academic. I am pushing for the Faculty of Architecture at the ‘National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)’ continue to deepen the teaching of sustainability and energy efficiency.

In the short term, I mainly see  that the knowledge applied in a future project to develop a digital course called ‘Construction with Energy Efficiency and Thermal Comfort (EECT).’ The skills I gained at the Passive House Designer course are invaluable for the EECT project. I am also more confident to start international collaborations with people and organisation with shared objectives.”

— Professional and academic participant

It is incredible to see how the participants expect the course to impact their communities and those surrounding them. LatamHaus impact is beyond academia, as the participants plan to share the knowledge with younger generations and apply their new skills to future projects.

“As a professional, the Passivhaus Designer Course will help me to become more competitive as I will be able to offer more products for our customers. My projects will seek to improve the quality of life and making resource-efficient decisions. In the short, medium and long terms, these concrete actions will help reduce the impacts of climate change by lowering the CO2 emissions on the built environment.

As a lecturer, I will be able to give up-to-date lectures informed by excellent research about sustainable architecture and healthy indoor environments to our undergraduate and postgraduate students” participant

— Professional and academic

We are so thrilled to see that the LatamHaus activities had the desired impact and how the project planted much-needed change to start the change. Our next activity is some interactive workshops on which we will have the opportunity to explore the Passivhaus in the Latin American context. We will have key speakers from the Passive House Institute and the Latin American Passivhaus Institute. Everyone is welcome to attend these free events; if you are interested, please register here.

LatamHaus workshop program

The LatamHaus team is very excited to make this open invitation to participate in the LatamHaus workshops. To attend you would need to be registered (please follow the become a member instructions). On these activities, we will have a member of the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany and one of the Latin American Passivhaus Institute (ILAPH).

In the first workshop ‘Passivhaus: barriers and challengesElena Reyes from PHI will be the key speaker. Elena and Alejandro will present the context of the Passivhaus, as well as some of the barriers and challenges to implement the Passivhaus in Mexico and Latin America. Then the participants will have the opportunity to carry out some interactive activities related to this topic and how to solve them. This workshop will take place on Tuesday, June 15 at 09:15 (AM Mexico City Time Zone) and will last approximately 2 hours.

In the second workshop ‘The SDGs and the Passivhaus‘, Juan Manuel Vazquez from ILAPH will be the key speaker. Juan Manuel and Alejandro will present how the Passivhaus will help us contribute positively to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Then the participants will have the opportunity to carry out some interactive activities related to this topic and its approach. This workshop will take place on Tuesday, June 29 at 09:15 (AM Mexico City Time Zone) and will last approximately 2 hours.

In addition to these two workshops, we want to offer you a third one to discuss the topics in which you have some concerns around the Passivhaus. If you have any topics you would like to cover, please contact us before May 30th. This workshop will take place on Tuesday, July 13 at 09:15 (AM Mexico City Time Zone) and will last approximately 2 hours.

1st Latin American Passivhaus Conference during the UN Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2021!

Alejandro Moreno Rangel has been invited to talk about the LatamHaus Network at the 1st Latin American Passivhaus Conference during the UN Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2021. Alejandro will be participating in the closing panel talking about the interdisciplinary collaborations that Lancaster University and Imagination are developing at the Latin American Passivhaus Institute (ILAPH). The conference will take place on Monday the 10th of May, the first day of the UN Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2021.

The conference will be held online and is free to attend. If you like to register please follow this link: Conferencia Passivhaus de las Américas – Semana Regional del Clima LACCW2021

Passivhaus Designer Course scholarship – Announcement

As part of the capacity building activities in the LatamHaus network, Lancaster University and the Latin American Passivhaus Institute ( ILAPH ) are excited to announce that we will offer ten (10) scholarships. These scholarships will cover 80% of the cost of the Passivhaus Designer Course* with a focus on the Latin American context. The Passivhaus Designer training will be 100% online. Those members of the LatamHaus network that receive the scholarships are expected to cover the remaining 20%. The Passivhaus Designer Course will be in Spanish and taught by Passivhaus Professionals with extensive Passivhaus Projects experience in Latin America.

The members who receive the scholarship commit to attending in full to the course and actively engaging in the LatamHaus network activities.

The course will be online and will take 4 hours (09:00 to 11:00 and 11:30 to 13:30 UTC-3, please note that this time may differ from your local time zone) of your time each of the following days:

22, 23, 26, 27, and 28 of April 2021.

3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 24, and 27 of May 2021.

If you wish to postulate for the course, you need to be a member of the network (become a member), have read the Participant Information page, and signed the Consent Form electronically. Only participants that are permanent residents from a Development Assistance Committee (DAC) List of Official Development Assistance (ODA) Recipients country will be considered.

The application process opens on the 9th of April 2021, applications before this date may not be considered.

*This benefit only applies to the Passivhaus Designer course. The total cost of the course is $1,950 US dollars. This scholarship will be paid directly to the course provider by Lancaster University and ILPAH. Therefore, there is no cash value associated with you. The scholarship cannot be transferred. Any additional charges such as the certification exam or software (PHPP) are not included. We will provide a PHPP demo version for the training sessions.

Activities plan

The LatamHaus network is an interdisciplinary network for people interested in low-carbon emission homes, indoor air quality and Passivhaus buildings in Latin America. As such, the network will allow you the opportunity to discuss and engage with different community members.

LatamHaus seeks to understand the challenges, barriers, and scalability issues to adopt the Passivhaus Standard. We explore solutions to address these concerns and contribute positively to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the SDG 03 (Health and wellbeing) and 09 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure). The network activities will improve capacity building and develop proof-of-concept ideas for sustainable, healthy and affordable housing through the Passivhaus Standard.

The planned online activities for the LatamHaus Network are:

  • Engaging with the housing industry professionals to evaluate the Passivhaus residential design impact on indoor air quality and carbon emissions.
  • Co-authoring research outputs with professionals in Mexico and Latin America.
  • Developing capacity building activities for Passivhaus projects and future research.
  • Providing Passivhaus training to professionals, academics and policymakers.
  • Provide a platform to develop ideas and discuss future projects.

We welcome participation and representation from all sectors of the society. We recognise that women are underrepresented in the building industry in Latin America. Therefore, we encourage women to become members and engage with activities.