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CPHT Training Available

Learn from our experienced passive house building trainers through online, interactive training. We have courses throughout the year. View our training schedule for the next available class.

Empowering the construction industry to build for the future through simplified, standardized, Passive House systems.

Emu is a small business with a big heart and hopefully bigger impact. We believe strongly in the power of community. One thing you will hear from us over and over again is that Passive House level building science goals are much more achievable with an integrated team of professionals. There is power in shared resources and shared knowledge, and that extends naturally to the responsibilities we are facing as a community in the developments around the coronavirus.

Hands-Online Training

This course is for design/build & construction professionals who are concerned about moisture control, air sealing, thermal bridging, healthy indoor air, durability, resiliency, and affordability of high-performance.


At Emu, we are dedicated to supporting our colleagues to achieve healthier, more efficient, more durable and cost effective buildings. Don’t hesitate to ask for help, no matter how small the request.

Passive Systems

We believe that the future of the construction industry lies in the standardization and simplification of advanced building science through virtual prototyping and dynamic simulation.

Accredited “hands-online” training for on-site implementation of the Passive House standard.

1. Learn all about Passive Building

Learn Passive House construction on your own time by joining one of our “Crews” through online learning, or join one of our in-person classes. You will learn about the most advanced construction standard in the world, and how to implement passive and net zero principles in your projects. You’ll learn everything necessary to become a Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) through the International Passivhaus Institute (PHI).

2. Get Hands-On in a Passive Pod Workshop

Apply your Passive House classroom education to Emu’s unique hands-on Passive Pod Workshop – with a focus on connecting research to reality. Builders are hands-on learners. A textbook and slide deck only go so far. At Emu, we’ve spent years developing a proprietary instruction tool that allows our student builders to get their hands on the products and methods we discuss in class. PHI and PHIUS pros welcome!

3. Take the CPHT Exam

Strut your stuff by getting accredited through a PHI exam. Professional accreditation increases your credibility with clients and colleagues in the industry alike. After passing the exam, CPHTs are given membership and are listed in the database on the International Passive House Institute (PHI) website for 5 years.

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Passive standards are the building codes of the future. Get on board before you get left behind.

However, we know not everyone learns best through online learning, so we have kept our in-person training available as well. You won’t get access to the weekly online Q&A through our Crews, but you’ll be able to get our same instruction in person to prepare our for our Passive Pod Workshop and/or the CPHT exam.

Hear what past students have to say:

[Enrico was] very knowledgable and kept everyone involved. Answered questions with ease and confidence.

Feb 2017 CPHT Course Participant

Enrico is certainly on top of his game here. I could see that he is a foremost expert in this field.

May 2017 CPHT Course Participant

I just can’t say enough about the class. So much useful information.

Mark Vigil, NEEDBASED – Santa Fe, NM

The economic session sets the pattern for us – very thorough presentation from start to finish.

Feb 2018 CPHT Course Participant

A big thank you from Emu and our CPHT students to:

Our advanced builder training courses and workshops would not be possible without the support and product donation of several Product Partners from the Passive House materials industry. A big thank you to the following companies for donating materials to our workshops so that builder students can explore their options in an education-based, brand neutral environment.