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Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer Training

November 30, 2016 - December 2, 2016

Join GBA for a Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer Training!


*This is the final portion of this 3-part training. To register for the training, please click here.*


Come learn how to design and build buildings to Passive House standards while earning your Certified Passive House Consultant or Designer credential with an instructor from the Passive House Academy.  Passive House is a rigorous standard for building energy efficiency, focusing on minimal heating, cooling, and ventilation loads aligned with passive heating and cooling techniques like orientation, massing, and solar shading. This international standard is operated by the Passive House Institute (PHI), which delivers the highest quality training and certification through accredited providers, including the Passive House Academy.

Image: NK Architects, copyright Aaron Leitz

Image: NK Architects, copyright Aaron Leitz



This training will occur in three major sections and then the final exam:

*The first session from September 26 to 30 (5 days from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) will take place at the Washington County Golf Club.

*The second session is online software training, a total of 24 hours, that is done by the candidates individually on their on own time sometime in between the first and third sessions.

*The third session will be November 30th to December 2nd. Two days will be focused on the software and one day on exam prep and it will occur in GBA’s office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each day.

*The exam dates are set by PHI and the day that these candidates will take the exam is Friday, December 9.  Other dates can be found here.



The $1,500 fee for the course includes a training manual and breakfast, lunch, and snacks for all 8 days of training.  In addition the candidate will need to cover the software fee ($250) and the exam fee ($350) 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


November 30, 2016
December 2, 2016
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Kris Osterwood


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