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Virtual Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Training

May 29, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


This is a 5-day course spread out over 5 weeks. Please visit the main event page here to register.

Registration for this course will close on Friday, May 8.


Photo by Aaron Leitz, Courtesy of NK Architects


Harness the Power of Building Science to Achieve Healthy and Efficient Buildings 

The Passive House (or PassivHaus) Standard is a rigorous, science-based method for achieving incredible energy efficiency, durability, and healthy indoor air in any kind of building. Passive House is widely recognized as a path toward operational carbon neutrality in the building sector.

This Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant course offers intensive instruction by master trainers over 5 days, in which participants will receive a thorough grounding in the critical aspects of Passive House design and construction. Participants will prepare to pass the CPHD/C exam and learn how to apply the standard to real-world projects.

This course is for all building-sector professionals: project managers, architects, MEP, and structural engineers, builders and construction managers working in the design and construction of new build and retrofit Passive House buildings. For those more interested in hands-on Passive House construction methods, keep an eye out for our next Passive House Tradesperson Training.

Becoming a Passive House design professional requires practice with modeling software and a deep understanding of building science. Most professionals who pass the exam will need additional targeted training in energy modeling and other features of Passive House design, depending on their personal and professional goals. These additional trainings are often offered through our friends at Passive House Western PA, Pittsburgh’s enthusiastic community of Passive House professionals who are always happy to share their expertise.

This course is provided in collaboration with the international Passive House Institute, and was made possible with support from the Passive House Academy, NK Passive, and West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund.


Making CPHD Training Affordable During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the midst of our current health crisis, it’s important for GBA to continue offering safe professional trainings virtually, while continuing to build local capacity for practitioners to create sustainable places where everyone can thrive. Passive House design can contribute to occupant health in buildings while also drastically reducing energy use and carbon emissions. For these reasons, we think this training is more important than ever and we’re committed to making it accessible during this time of social distancing.

For those reasons, we’re offering this virtual version of our training for a decreased rate of $750 – that’s half off our original in-person training which typically starts at $1,500. This price does not include the CPHD exam (which costs between $200-$500) and participants who wish to purchase a Passive House Planning Package license (which is required to take the exam, but not required for the course) will purchase that license for an additional $175.

This special offer is available only to GBA members at the Professional level and above.

Course Topics and Schedule

Participants will prepare to pass the Passive House Institute’s Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam using curriculum covering relevant principles, calculations, details, systems, and components of Passive House insulation, thermal bridging, air tightness, glazing, ventilation, energy modeling, retrofits, and certification.

This course is typically offered over 5 consecutive days of in-person instruction but during COVID-19, we’ll host the course over Zoom on Fridays over 5 weeks. Following the course, additional self-guided studying will be necessary for exam preparation, and we will host an optional Study Day prior to the exam for anyone who is interested. The schedule is as follows (subject to slight change):

Friday, May 15: Introduction to the Basics of Passive House

Friday, May 22: Opaque Building Envelope and Windows

Friday, May 29: Windows and Ventilation/Heating/Cooling

Friday, June 5: Introduction to PHPP Software

Friday, June 12: Retrofits, Economics, and Quality Assurance

We’ll schedule the study day based on how many people plan to take the exam.

Meet Our Trainers

Our Passive House Trainers represent a variety of fields including architecture, engineering, and construction and each one completed a rigorous master training program with Passive House Academy. The training program included nearly two weeks of instruction along with a trip to Vienna, Austria to engage with Passive House leaders from around the world and tour a variety of projects. Our trainers are all members of Passive House Western Pennsylvania and will skillfully guide you through this training. They are:

Adam Bertonaschi, BranchPattern

Rick Eckstrom, Passive House Consultant

Rhett Major, The Energy Doctor

Gary Moshier, Moshier Studio


Registration for this course will close on Friday, May 8.

For questions about this course, contact Leslie Montgomery.


May 29, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Zoom Meetup
PA United States


Leslie Montgomery