Passive Pod Workshop

Connect research to reality. Apply your Passive House classroom knowledge to a 2-day Workshop. Open to all Emu CPHT alumni and any certified PHI or PHIUS professionals.

“Both the training sessions and their Passive Pod workshop were outstanding.”

– Lee Tedesco

This is not your typical builder training.

No wall mockups. No product demos. No sales pitches.

We are teaching the WHY behind the building science decisions that guide high-performance buildings. The Pods are designed to make you think and collaborate with your team, while recalling the learning objectives from your Passive House classroom training.

Meet Emu’s Passive Pod

Our textbook on wheels

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, with the support of research-backed advanced building science. The pods are designed to integrate with the learning objectives in our brand-neutral course. All product donated are done so by suppliers who know we will present the good, the bad, and the ugly, in an effort to encourage data transparency.
Emu's Passive Pod rendering

How to Join a Passive Pod Workshop:

In order to be eligible to attend an Emu Passive Pod workshop, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are currently enrolled in Emu’s online CPHT course
  • you are an alumnus of an Emu’s CPHT course
  • you are a certified Passive House professional (PHI or PHIUS)

Still have questions? Speak to an Emu!​

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About the Pods

The Passive Pod is a kitted learning tool that our Trainers use to deliver high quality, research-based, brand neutral instruction.

All of the pods have the same net volume, even the Code Pod. The only difference is that the Code Pod complies with the 2015 IECC code, while the Passive Pods comply with the international Passive House standard requirements for “Cool, Temperate Climate” (similar to US Climate Zone 5). These code standards apply to things like U/R Values of assemblies, thermal bridge requirements, air sealing, and window types. (For example, the Passive Pods all have high performance Passive House certified windows, whereas the Code Pod has a standard regulation, building code compliant window purchased from a local hardware and supply store)

Teams simulate reality with job roles in each Unit.

Each student team is assigned job roles to simulate a construction site, and they have documentation requirements that must be met. Every section of the Passive Pod build coincides with lessons learned in class, red flags they must catch, and design flaws they must recognize that will negatively affect their structure over time.

Passive Pods are brand neutral and sales-free.

We have the fortune of receiving product donations from the best of the best in the Passive House manufacturing world, and we give the students an opportunity to ask questions in a brand-neutral environment where science reigns. We don’t sell any of the products used in the Pod; they have all been donated by manufacturers and distributors who know that we teach the good, the bad, and the ugly of all the options on the market, and they are confident enough in their products to support the #BuildPassive movement.

In the last Unit, we test the Pods to declare a winning Team!

Go to our blog to see the results of the first class to ever use the Pods in class, where the student-built Passive Pods maintained 20°F higher temperatures than the Code Pod in overnight Resiliency Test in the Rocky Mountain snow. At the conclusion of every CPHT course, we run three tests on the team built Passive Pods in comparison to the Code Pod: Airtightness Test – a qualitative test where we pressurize the pods and use smoke to seek out leaks to mitigate Thermal Bridging Test – another qualitative test using infrared cameras to spot weak spots in the thermal envelope of the pods Resiliency Test – a quantitative competition, using temperature and relative humidity sensors to track the performance of the Passive Pods against each other and against a Code Pod when left outside overnight

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.