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Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer Training

September 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - September 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


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The Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant course is supported by a 25+ year history of global technical leadership by the Passive House Institute, and over 7 years of successful American instruction, from Maine to California, by the Passive House Academy – this course is specifically designed to teach the international Passive House Standard to American professionals making Passive House buildings in the U.S. construction industry.

With 5 days of in-class instruction, and additional e-learning modules that can be completed at one’s own pace, participants will get a thorough grounding in the critical aspects of Passive House design and construction. Participants will be able to apply the lessons learned directly to their real-world work experience, and join a team in making Passive House buildings. On successfully passing the exam, participants will receive a five year registration as an internationally accredited Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant.

This course is for all building professionals: architects, MEP and structural engineers, builders and construction managers working in the design and construction of new build and retrofit Passive House buildings.

This course is provided in collaboration with the Passive House Academy (PHA), the Passive House Institute (PHI), and North American Passive House Network (NAPHN), and is accredited by the AIA for 35 LUs.

Image: NK Architects, copyright Aaron Leitz

Image: NK Architects, copyright Aaron Leitz



In-class schedule:

  • Day 1: Introduction to Passive House principles and economics, with an in-depth look at enclosure insulation & thermal bridging: principles, calculations, details, systems and components.
  • Day 2: Enclosure airtightness and windows: principles, calculations, details, systems and components.
  • Day 3: Ventilation, heating, cooling, dehumidification and domestic hot water: principles, calculations, details, systems and components.
  • Day 4: PHPP energy model and calculating building energy balance.
  • Day 5: Retrofits, certifications and exam preparation.

Online Modules:

Nine online modules reinforce, and expand on, the classroom work – completed at the participant’s pace:

  • Module 1: Energy Balance & Calculations
  • Module 2: Insulated Opaque Envelope
  • Module 3: Airtightness & Thermal Imaging
  • Module 4: Designing a Passive House
  • Module 5: Thermal Bridging
  • Module 6: Windows
  • Module 7(a): Ventilation
  • Module 7(b): Heating & Cooling
  • Module 8: Economics
  • Module 9: PHPP


The exam occurs four times each year globally: on a day in March, in June, in October and in December. Exact dates and more information on the exam is available here.


The current version of the PHPP energy model will be provided and registered to the attending participant for use in class – and any subsequent professional work.


The designation “Designer” is reserved for architects, engineers and similarly specialized building professionals. The “Consultants” designation is for non-specialized professionals and others. A more detailed guideline can be found here.)




The $1,750 fee for the course includes a training manual and breakfast, lunch, and snacks for all days of training.  In addition the candidate will need to cover the software fee ($175) and the exam fee ($500) to become a Certified Passive House Consultant.  To become a Certified Passive House Designer, the candidate will need to submit proof of educational attainment that would qualify them to be a CPHD. More info can be found here.


Learning Objectives

1.Gain an in-depth understanding of the Passive House building standard, including its intent, requirements, history, the players involved, some common misconceptions, and its applications for both residential and commercial buildings.

2.Learn the basics of building science as an essential piece of the Passive House standard.

3.Explore the theories behind the Passive House building standard and put them into practice during in-class design and critique sessions.

4.Learn to use the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy modeling software as part of being adequately prepared to pass the Certified Passive House Designer exam and become a fully credentialed CPHD.


To learn more about the Passive House Standard, click here.


This training is made possible by generous support of

Passive House WPA


September 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am
September 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Kris Osterwood


Green Building Alliance
333 E Carson St, Suite 331
Pittsburgh, 15219 United States
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