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Certified Passive House Tradesperson Training

March 25, 2019 @ 8:30 am - March 26, 2019 @ 4:30 pm


Module 1: March 18-19 | Module 2: March 25-26, 2019

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Source: Passipedia

Registration for this training will close March 13.

Why Should You Learn About Passive House 

Building owners and developers in Western Pennsylvania are designing for Passive House certificationand highprofile projects like the Carrick Carnegie Library and Morningside Crossing need qualified builders and contractors Passive House is the world’s most rigorous building energy standard, and market leaders like New York City and Toronto have integrated/mandated Passive House principles for all new construction.  This training will prepare contractors, construction managers, developersproject managers, and tradespeople to build to the technically rigorous Passive House standard, and become officially certified as a Passive House Tradesperson.  Participants will be listed in the Passive House Institute’s database upon passing the exam, in addition to being showcased on the Green Building Alliance website.    

Passive House is a High Growth, National Building Market

Passive House optimizes light, air, and thermal energy of a building, reducing energy use by as much as 75%.  Passive House principles can be applied to all types of buildings and prove especially lucrative within the commercial building sector, but thorough training is required to achieve it.  Passive House principles can also be used to achieve other high-value green building standards (i.e. LEED v4 and Living Building Challenge).   

Course Contents 

Based on the international Passive House Institute, this 4-day training combines lectures with hands on workshops in two separate 2-day modules.  

If you are looking for an introduction to Passive House technology basics, GBA invites you to audit the first two topics of Day 1.  This is ideal for owners or developers looking to learn about the business case for Passive House and its long term returns on investment.  Lunch is included and will serve as an opportunity to network with our master trainers (Passive House experts) and other training participants.

Module 1  (March 18-19)

Day 1  

  • Passive House Basics 
  • Passive House Economics in North America
  • Thermal Insulation 
  • Workshop: Insulation 

Day 2 

  • Thermal Bridges 
  • Windows & Transparent Components 
  • Existing Buildings – Envelopes 
  • Workshop: Windows 

Module 2  (March 25-26)

Day 3 

  • Air Tightness and Moisture Management 
  • Mechanical Ventilation 
  • Workshop: Air Tightness 

Day 4 

  • Efficient Heating, Cooling, Domestic Hot Water 
  • Quality Assurance On Site 
  • Workshop: Testing 


  • Full Course: $1350 
  • Day 1 Audit: $100 


Green Building Alliance will provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout each day of training.   

This training is provided with help from our partners: 

Emu Systems: Curriculum Development and Master Training 

Passive House Western PA: Our region’s resource on Passive House strategies and certifications 


For more information about Passive House: 

Passive House Western PA 

Passive House Institute 

Passive House Academy 

Emu Systems 

North American Passive House Network 

Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) 


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March 25, 2019 @ 8:30 am
March 26, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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Kara Magoolaghan


Conservation Consultants Inc.
64 South 14th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 United States
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