The globally accredited Passive House Team

The Passive House Academy is proud to showcase one of the most talented and accomplished teams in the Passive House arena.

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tomas olearyTomás O’Leary
Co-Founder & Managing Director

Designed, built and lives in the first Certified Passive House in the English speaking world. An enthusiastic and passionate advocate for all things Passive House, a jovial and motivational educator and presenter, experienced research scientist and environmental entrepreneur. Globally accredited by the Passivhaus Institut as a Certifier of Passive House buildings and licensed training provider for the Passive House Consultant and Tradesperson programs. 

B.Agr.Sc.(Land. Hort.) 1992, M.Sc.Agr.E.R.M 1994, Certified Passive House Building Certifier 2008, Certified Passive House Trainer 2009, Certified Passive House Exam Host 2009, Train the Trainer (2013)

Art McCormackArt McCormack
Co-Founder, Senior Architect & Director


Developer of the world’s first Certified Passive House Tradesperson Training program and designer of the first dedicated contractor training labs in both Europe and the US. Highly experienced and an ardent hands-on trainer operating on both sides of the Atlantic and China, bringing 40 years of architectural design and real-life construction detailing expertise to the classroom. Architect of several Passive House and housing development projects, both new-build and retrofit, and a task leader on international research projects including: Training to nZeb and Fit to nZeb.

B.Arch.; MRIAI; M.Sc. Agric. (in Landscape Horticulture); MILI; M.Sc. U. D. (Urban Design); CPHT: BE; CPHT: BS

Certification & PHPP

Cramer SilkCramer Silkworth
US Consultant

An engineer and consultant providing enclosure and HVAC system design for single family and small-scale multifamily homes, both new construction and renovation in the New York City Area. Emphasis on matching the mechanical systems to an optimized enclosure (using PHPP, of course!), with on-site verification with blower door testing and IR thermographic inspection.

BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York State licensed Professional Engineer, and Certified Passive House Consultant. Teaches environmental design at the Rhode Island School of Design, co-teaches at The City College of New York, and teaching assistant at Parsons The New School in NYC.


Training & Events 

John Mitchell HeadshotJohn Mitchell
US Training Consultant

An architectural designer, carpenter, and trainer with particular interest in domestic-scale projects.  Co-founder and partner in Brooklyn, NY-based bldgtyp.  Passionate advocate of energy efficient building strategies as an essential component of successful design.  

BA, The Colorado College; M.Arch, Parsons the New School for Design; Certified Passive House Consultant.


Edel photoEdel Tinsley
Outreach & Event Manager

This talented multi-tasking juggler manages all our events, home and abroad, training courses and educational tours. Edel is creative and energetic and loves a challenge. A background in banking, finance and customer service has provided the skill set required to handle all aspects of planning, budgeting and marketing for all Passive House Academy events. Our own little social media guru, promoting PHA courses, events and tweeting all the latest news and fun developments on our social media platforms.

Cert in Online Marketing: Social Media_SEO


LouLouise Mc Nabb
e-Learning Specialist & Course Administrator

Louise is one of our few members of staff that doesn’t has a background in Architecture. She is a very visual person with a keen eye and passion for anything computer related and video editing. She helped develop one of the first online course’s in PH industry. She is quite adept at problem solving and working with a wide range of software packages. She provides exceptional support to our students online and is forever creating new user-friendly material, tips and quizzes.

Louise has a background in Post-production video editing, as a free-lance editor she has worked on creating promotional YouTube videos for the companies: nZebra, Mosart, The Chip Van, The Airstream and Australian Women's Rugby Team on their lead up to the Women's Rugby World Cup 2014. She has been credited as Assistant Editor for RTE1 'Féile Dreams' aired December 2013 and the three-part documentary series on TV3 'Darndale: the Edge of Town’  broadcast September 2014. While with Big Red Engine, she was responsible for the data wrangling & assistant edit for the United Nations Broadband Commission event in 2013. She was also given the opportunity to complete a 22-part video series for social media as part of the short-listings for the Bord Gáis Energy Book Awards 2013.

She also worked as a Multi-Media Consultant for Carve Business Solutions while living in Australia. This role included the collective organization and direction of filming in mining locations, as well as the final edit. The goal was to create cutting edge induction videos explaining various elements of mining safety procedures.

B.A. (Hons) Degree, Fine Art Media; accredited in Training Needs Identification & Design, Training Delivery & Evaluation; Certified Passive House Consultant.


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Dara McGowen 
nZEB Specialist 



Dara is the office Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) specialist and is involved in developing and delivering NZEB courses to cater to all stakeholders in the construction industry, from tradespeople to developers.

Dara has a Bachelors of Technology (Education) in Materials and Architectural Technology from the University of Limerick, which helped him develop the skill of teaching construction-based subjects. This course developed his pedagogy and understanding of how people learn.

Dara has also completed a Masters of Architectural Science in the University College Dublin, titled Sustainable Building Design and Performance. This course enhanced Dara’s passion for sustainable building, giving him an in-depth knowledge of the factors that influence a buildings performance. A detailed exploration of the European Directives and the Irish Building Regulations, particularly Part L, was required during this course, giving Dara a strong understanding of NZEB. As part of this course Dara completed a research thesis which compared the life cycle assessment of a conventional multi unit apartment block with the life cycle assessment of a Cross Laminated Timber alternative, a process which is important in assessing the energy performance of a building in the bigger picture.

Dara is currently completing Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP) training to become an official Building Energy Assessor, further developing his understanding of the NZEB standard.

Masters of Architectural Science; Certified Passive House Consultant and Certified Passive House Tradesperson


Technology & architecture

Jill noctorJill Noctor
Architectural Technologist

The person in PHA that makes sure that the thermal bridge junctions, air-tight connections and window fitting details can be transferred from computer model to construction site. A pillar of pragmatics and common sense, with extensive construction experience and a no-nonsense manner in dealing with contractors and trades. Experienced and analytical appraiser of products and materials and highly competent coordinator of Passive House design team members.

Dip. Arch. Tech.; Certified Passive House Designer.


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Stephen Donoghue

Architectural Technologist & Project Manager



Stephen is a fully qualified Architectural Technologist and Project Manager with extensive experience in the education, commercial and residential sectors in both Ireland and the UK.  Stephens work and educational experience has afforded him a wealth of knowledge of many aspects of the built environment and experience in delivering a wide variety of projects from inception to final completion and handover.  Stephen has been responsible for managing and driving the implementation of multiple large-scale projects in parallel and brings a very structured approach to ensuring the ‘on-time’ delivery of clients’ requirements. 


Degree in Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural; P.Grad.Dip. Proj Man.


marianaMariana Moreira
Certification Technologist & Architect

Highly motivated and expert energy modeler of Passive House projects informed by qualifications in both Architecture and Architectural Conservation. Centrally involved in all aspects of Passive House Certification, including thermal bridge analysis, PHPP data entry, SketchUp modeling and getting to grips with building information modeling (BIM). Avid learner of new-things, with a fertile mind that combines creative design and pragmatic detailing, both essential elements in Passive House land.

B.Arch. (MRIAI); Post Grad Advanced Environ. & Energy Studies; M.Sc. Urb. & Build. Conservation; Certified Passive House Designer.


Ed MayEd May
US Tradesperson Consultant

A builder, teacher and Architect by training before Co-Founding the Brooklyn, NY Design-Build firm BLDGtyp. As well as a practitioner, is a professor at The Newschool in New York City and Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. An expert in both energy modeling and construction detailing of high-performance building envelopes. Designer and builder of several High-Performance homes in the US. Just as comfortable working with a hammer as a spreadsheet.

BFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2001), M.Arch, Parsons the New School for Design, New York (2009); Certified Passive House Consultant.