Accredited training for construction site implementation of the Passive House standard – online or in person.
Who should take this 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.
Become a PHI Certified Passive House Tradesperson.
- limit liability & increase credibility
- avoid hidden mold & condensation
- exceed IECC air leakage requirements
- learn best practices & building science
In-Person format includes:
2-day CPHT course in Denver, CO with Trainer
Textbook provided on first day of class
Please see our COVID-19 Terms & Conditions
Next In-Person Class – Feb. 2022
Registration available Sep. 2021
Unit 1: Passive House Basics
- Review pioneer projects of the Passive House movement, and a number of built examples including different climate zones, building typologies and sizes.
- Learn the definition of the Passive House building standard and compare it to other concepts e.g.: Passive Solar and Net Zero.
- Appraise the cornerstones of the Passive House building thermal envelope, and how they affect health and comfort as well as energy efficiency.
- Familiarize yourself with different players of the Passive House landscape, including research, training, quality assurance and certification.
Unit 2: Passive House Economics in North America
- Compare Passive House to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
- Learn to identify value for quality thermal envelopes in terms of energy, health, comfort, indoor air quality.
- Compare capital and operational savings for Passive House buildings.
- Review key factors in the economics of high-performance building, including investment timeframe, energy market and thermal discomfort.
Unit 3: Thermal Insulation and Thermal Mass
- Identify key performance differences between thermal insulation and thermal mass, and how they impact different types of buildings.
- Familiarize yourself with thermal resistance and thermal transmittance of building assemblies and compare the Passive House method with the simplified IECC one.
- Compare typical U-values for Passive House building in different climate zones and compare them with IECC prescriptive method.
- Review typical insulation materials, and their application depending on different construction methods.
Unit 4: Thermal Bridges
- Familiarize yourself with the definition of Thermal Bridge.
- Learn about the consequences of Thermal Bridges on building energy performance and risk for mold and condensation.
- Review climate-specific metrics to verify avoidance/mitigation of thermal bridges, and suitability for Passive House.
- Identify typical thermal bridges for different construction methods, their risk level and cost-effective ways to mitigate them.
Unit 5: Windows and Transparent Components
- Familiarize yourself with the Comfort Criterion PH requirement and compare it to the Hygiene Criterion.
- Compare thermal performance of PH windows with IECC ones and the consequences on thermal comfort and heating/cooling demand.
- Identify subcomponents of windows and transparent components and understand their implications for heat loss and solar gains.
- Review different typical installation details for Passive House windows and how detailing impacts performance.
Unit 6: Existing Buildings
- Recap Passive House quality goals in the context of retrofitting existing buildings.
- Understand the potential energy savings in building retrofits, and best practices to achieve most cost-effective solutions.
- Analyze risks associated with retrofitting different types of building structures and ways to mitigate those risks.
- Learn to apply the principles to a range of building typologies.
Unit 7: Air Tightness + Moisture Management
- Familiarize yourself with different air and moisture transfer mechanisms and their consequences in terms of energy efficiency and building damages.
- Learn about PHI’s air tightness requirements, depending on different energy efficiency goals.
- Review key factors of the blower door testing method, including Passive House-specific requirements.
- Evaluate best practices for durable air tightness depending on different assemblies and construction methods.
Unit 8: Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery
- Identify key metrics for indoor air quality and typical sources of air pollution inside buildings.
- Learn about PHI’s requirements for mechanical ventilation systems, including energy consumption and heat recovery efficiency, air filtration and noise control.
- Evaluate common types of mechanical ventilation systems, incl. pros and cons depending on project application.
- Review balancing and commissioning procedures for mechanical ventilation systems in Passive House building applications.
Unit 9: Efficient Heating, Cooling & Domestic Hot Water
- Familiarize yourself with key concepts of mechanical systems including heating, cooling and dehumidification and domestic hot water.
- Evaluate how energy efficiency of Passive House buildings influences the suitability of specific systems and their operation.
- Review innovative types of mechanical systems.
- Learn about Primary Energy in relation to different energy vectors and how that affects the energy offsetting process to meet Net Zero.
Unit 10: Quality Assurance
- Review construction site photos and identify poorly executed details with regards to Passive House certification.
- Pay particular attention to implementation of air tightness and thermal insulation details in the build.
- Provide instructions on how to solve any issues you see. The solutions will be discussed in our Live Q&A session.
All students receive a textbook that is approved to be used in the open-book CPHT exam, as well as Sample Exam Questions. Please see the CPHT Exam page for more information on the PHI accreditation exam.