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Passive House Tradesperson Training (Module 1)

March 21 @ 8:00 am - March 22 @ 5:00 pm EDT

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It is finally here!  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 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 that are more on the implementation side than the design side.

The full Emu training is four days, but due to feedback from local tradespeople, we are teaching this in two-day modules. We are offering the first two-day session, Module 1, on March 21-22, and the second two-day session, Module 2, on April 16-17.


Module 1 (March 21st and 22nd 2018)

Day 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

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


We will offer Module 2 (Days 3 & 4) in April.  We may offer both Modules in May if there is demand to support them.  The Modules build upon each other – meaning that you will need to take Module 1 before taking Module 2.

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 on Friday, May 25th.  (The other dates PHI has set can be found here, but the May exam is the only one that is currently planned on being offered in Pittsburgh.) If you would like to participate in the training, but one day is as much as you can cram into your schedule, we understand, and are happy to have you!  (And you can always take the next day when the Module is offered again.)


Cost (10% off for Members with code):

Before March 9th (Early Bird):

  • Sign up for both days of Module 1: $600
  • Sign up for just Day 1 of Module 1: $325

Sign up after March 9th (Late Bird):

  • Sign up for both days of Module 1: $625
  • Sign up for just Day 1 of Module 1: $340


What you get for your time & money:

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


March 21 @ 8:00 am
March 22 @ 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