Paul Wall has been appointed the first CEO of the Australian Passive House Association (APHA).

APHA Board chairperson Chris Nunn is confident that Wall will be great at actively promoting Passive House Certification in the Australian Real Estate industry to potential owners and developers, builders, trades, architects and engineers. Elaborating on Wall’s role at APHA, Nunn said he will be involved in educating the market and advocating for the increased take-up of Passive House Certification.

With his strong experience in sustainability, industry advocacy, financial management, and strategic planning, Wall will help APHA match the recent strong growth in interest in Passive House Certification with the organisation’s membership, the number and quality of events held, and the strength of their strategic partnerships with Governments, companies and other industry bodies.

Wall will also represent APHA members’ interests through industry bodies such as ASBEC and leverage his extensive industry connections to advocate and influence decision makers to deliver more Passive House Certified buildings, Nunn added.

Wall will help APHA deliver on its vision that ‘All Australians live and work in healthy, comfortable, low energy, resilient buildings’, and mission to ‘Lead change by educating, promoting, and supporting the delivery of Certified Passive House buildings in Australia’.

The Passive House movement is gaining ground in Australia with an increasing number of dwellings from single residential units to large buildings seeking Passive House Certification.

The new 150-bed student accommodation building at Monash University’s Peninsula Campus and The Fern, a 11-unit residential apartment building in Redfern, Sydney have both applied for Passive House Certification.

In Victoria, there are over 400 passive houses in various stages of development; other states are also embracing the passive house concept with over 80 more buildings currently in various stages of planning and construction.

Wall who has built a sustainable home on the South Coast of NSW, observes that his family is thriving in the healthy house, and would like those in the cities to experience the same at home or work, given that most people spend up to 90 percent of their time inside a building. He looks forward to working with APHA to make this change possible.

Passive House Certification is a well-established design and construction method that delivers high quality, comfortable, healthy, low energy, and resilient buildings. It can be applied in all climate zones and all building types.

Passive House Certification is well aligned to the attainment of ASBEC’s Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings, which hopefully will guide future development of the National Construction Code.