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Passive House Tradesperson Training

May 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - May 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm EDT

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In our continuing effort to support healthy & high performance buildings, we are happy to bring you Passive House Tradesperson Training!  Green Building Alliance has been working with its partners (Passive House Western PA, West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, and more) to build local capacity in Passive House design techniques for the past several years. We have successfully trained architects, engineers and consultants in designing Passive House structures, and we are now delighted to partner with Emu Systems (for content), CCI (for location), and Passive House Western PA to provide hands-on training on how to build these super-efficient buildings.  Anyone who is interested in learning about how to implement some of the most high performance building techniques in the world – please come!  This training is intended for all: small business owners, site managers, project managers, crew leaders – even architects & engineers who focus more on the implementation side than the design side.

This 4 day training consists of two 2-day Modules and it is sequential: the training builds on previous days.  As such, before taking Module 2, you would need to take Module 1 to be able to get the full benefit of the training.


Day 1 [Module 1]

Unit 1: Passive House Basics
Unit 2: Passive House Economics in North America
Unit 3: Thermal Insulation
Recap + Review of Sample Questions for Exam
Workshop: Insulation

Day 2 [Module 1]

Unit 4: Thermal Bridges
Unit 5: Windows + Transparent Components
Unit 6: Existing Buildings – Envelope
Recap + Review of Sample Questions for Exam
Workshop: Windows

Day 3 [Module 2]

Unit 7: Air Tightness + Moisture Management
Unit 8: Mechanical Ventilation
Recap + Review of Sample Questions for Exam
Workshop: Air Tightness

Day 4 [Module 2]

Unit 9: Efficient Heating, Cooling, and Domestic Hot Water
Unit 10: Quality Assurance On Site
Recap + Review of Sample Questions for Exam
Workshop: Testing


To be (an internationally recognized) Passive House Tradesperson (and be listed in the PHI database) you will need to take the exam.  Exam dates are set by the Passive House Institute – the first time we are planning to offer the exam in Pittsburgh will be in the fall of 2018.  (The other dates PHI has set can be found here, but the fall exam is the only one that is currently planned on being offered in Pittsburgh.)


Cost (5% off for Members with code):

Before May 4th : $1200

Full Course – $1,200
Day 1 – $300
Module 1 – $600
Module 2 (Only for those who have already taken Module 1) – $600

After May 4th : $1350

Full Course – $1,350
Day 1 – $325
Module 1 – $675
Module 2 (Only for those who have already taken Module 1) – $675


What you get for your time & money:

  • Two internationally certified Passive House trainers: Rhett Major and Rick Eckstrom
  • Four mornings crammed full of instruction on Passive House
  • Four afternoons experiencing hands-on practical implementation of what you learned in the morning
  • Because we are GBA: Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks
  • And of course, education on the best building science techniques!

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May 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am
May 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Kris Osterwood


Conservation Consultants Inc.
64 South 14th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 United States
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(412) 431-4449