Emu Trainers

Emu Trainers

Emu’s North American curriculum for the Certified Passive House Tradesperson course, accredited by the International Passive House Institute, is licensed and distributed to qualified trainers all over North America. We do this in proud partnership with non-profit organizations and trade associations who share our mission to spread high level building science education to the construction professionals of North America.

Emu Enrico Bonilauri

Enrico Bonilauri

Enrico is Emu’s Trainer of Trainers and Resident Building Science Geek. He has taught the CPHT class and Passive Pod workshop in the Rocky Mountains since 2017, after relocating from Italy, where he previously established a close relationship with the innovative building scientists at the International Passive House Institute.

He now works with the North American Trainers below to make revisions and updates to the Emu CPHT curriculum to ensure that we are teaching the best information available. Updated versions of the curriculum are issued annually in Emu’s February CPHT course.

Congrats Ben!

Ben Leer

Prior to becoming a full-time Emu Trainer and Building Science Geek, Ben has had a diverse career focused on sustainability and the urban environment. He graduated with a MS in Sustainable Architecture from the City University of New York and has since consulted on numerous projects, ranging from ecological infrastructure to Passive House design. Ben specializes in high performance daylighting systems and has given numerous talks and workshops on the topic. He has taught collegiate building science courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the City College of New York, and has been a Trainer for The Passive House Network’s Certified Passive House Designer and Tradesperson Courses. He has a passion for creating environmentally friendly buildings, and is deeply committed to the Passive House movement.

Scott Stewart

Scott teaches Emu’s Australian version of the CPHT curriculum, through the Australian Passive House Association.

Madonna Stewart

Madonna teaches Emu’s Australian version of the CPHT curriculum, through the Australian Passive House Association.

Matt Bowers

Matt teaches Emu’s CPHT curriculum in partnership with the Passive House Network (formerly NAPHN).

Joe Konapacki

Joe teaches Emu’s Passive Pod Workshop and is based out of Chicago, IL.

Rick Eckstrom

Rick teaches Emu’s CPHT curriculum in partnership with Green Building Alliance (GBA) in Pittsburgh, PA.

Rhett Major

Rhett teaches Emu’s CPHT curriculum in partnership with Green Building Alliance (GBA) in Pittsburgh, PA.

Chris Petit

Chris formerly taught Emu’s CPHT curriculum in partnership with North American Passive House Network (NAPHN).

Steve Mann

Steve teaches Emu’s CPHT curriculum independently through his company, Home Energy Services.

Passive is our jam

Emu is an accredited Training Provider with the International Passive House Institute (PHI). We are authorized to offer Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) courses + accreditation exams for building professionals. We offer CPHT courses and Passive Pod Workshops throughout the year at our home offices in Denver, Colorado. Every February we roll out the most current version of our North American curriculum and host any Trainers seeking to teach the curriculum themselves.

Our curriculum has a strong foundation in the original PHI curriculum and learning objectives, with climate and market content specific to North America. Through our own experiences, as well as collaboration and communication with our friends and colleagues using the international Passive House standard all over the world, we strive to apply global lessons and solutions to local construction practices.

Run Wild. Teach Passive.

License Emu’s North American curriculum to train your local builders, contractors, and tradespeople in the most advanced global construction standard.

We believe that building comfortable, healthy, and efficient buildings should be THE way the world builds. 

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