5 day high-performance construction class, workshop, and exam in Arvada (Denver), Colorado.

This course & workshop is for building professionals who are concerned about moisture control, air sealing, thermal bridging, durability, and healthy air.

Learn about the most advanced construction standard in the world, how to implement passive and net zero principles in your projects, and everything necessary to become a Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) through the International Passivhaus Institute (PHI). Open to all tradespeople and project team members with working knowledge of construction.

“I’ve been a green builder for 16 years, and I came in here and it was like trying to drink from a fire hose”

– David Edwards from Feb 2018 Denver class

International, best-practice, Net Zero ready, Passive design/build standards:

+limit liability & increase credibility
+avoid hidden mold & condensation
+exceed IECC air leakage requirements
+learn best practices & building science


Bring international best practices to your local construction business

Passive building is widespread across Europe, with roots in Germany. Historically, in the U.S., this type of advanced training has only been consistently available on the East and West coasts, with New York and Vancouver leading the way in Passive building practices.

Emu is proud to be based in Arvada, Colorado, nestled between Denver and the beautiful Rocky Mountains, in one of the most cost-effective climates to work in for high performance (Climate Zone 5).

Passive building IS the future of the construction industry, and we would love to make Colorado one of the most advanced centers for pushing the industry froward.


Why invest in continuing education?

Builders with advanced construction training resist recessions better, attract more clients, and manage fewer liability claims.

Future proof your construction knowledge with best practice building science in air tightness, moisture management, and ventilation strategies.


  • Passive design & construction interdisciplinary basics
  • The economic case for high-performance building
  • Moisture management strategies and air tightness
  • Thermal insulation and thermal bridges
  • High performance windows and doors
  • Mechanical ventilation for healthy, low-load buildings
  • Applying high-performance to existing buildings
  • Quality assurance measures on site

Get advanced building science training as a
PHI Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT).

The course/workshop is accredited by the international Passive House Institute, and covers the following in-depth topics, ultimately earning you the designation as a Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT): 

Build a Passive Pod

Student builders will apply their learning to the construction of a self-contained mini Passive House Pod. In keeping with the class learning objectives, they’ll be able to get their hands dirty trying out different products in a brand-neutral environment.

Easily, consistently, and cost-effectively reach 3 ACH* or lower.

Preventing air leaks is one of the most important things you can do to build an efficient, Net Zero ready building. There’s no need to be scared of a tight building envelope when you learn how to do it correctly, with appropriate ventilation strategies. And once you learn a few tricks for stopping those leaks, it becomes much easier than you’d expect.

*ACH = Air Changes per Hour, measuring volume of air leakage during a Blower Door Test

What’s your moisture control strategy?

What’s your ventilation strategy?

If you can’t answer these questions, you are not prepared for the inevitable changes coming to our industry. Whether we like it or not, we must adapt to building for a future that includes extreme weather events, climate change, and renewable energy resources.

Passive Design Build is the future of the construction industry. Get on board before you get left behind.

Registration is open for our next Denver class February 19-23, 2019! Book your spot soon. The exam is open book, 50% pass/fail.


Would you like to host a class or donate products?
If so, please email info@emu.systems.