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Virtual Training for using PHPP in Building Design and Certification

March 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST


Join Passive House of Western PA and GBA for a virtual training in using the Passive House Planning Package!


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*This is the first portion of this four part training. The remaining dates are March 9th, 13th, and 16th* 

*If you are an iPHA member, email Ben Hochstetler at benh@gbapgh.org to receive your discount code for 10% off the cost of this training! Valid through March 5, 2017.*

*Use discount code “EarlyBird10percent” to receive 10% off the cost of this training! Valid through February 20, 2017.*


Course Description

In this course, participants will learn how to use the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) for residential building design and certification.  Participants will be guided step-by-step through the relevant worksheets, while learning the correct conventions for measurements and calculations.  Proper documentation will also covered in detail.  A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting PHPP calculations for building certification.


Intended Audience:

Any individual who will be directly involved in the design and construction of Passive House projects.



Knowledge of Excel, familiarity with reading construction drawings, and a general understanding of low energy buildings is expected.  Participants who lack one or more of these may find it difficult to keep up with the course material and exercises.


Course Requirements:

Laptop with CAD take-up off program, PHPPv9.6 preloaded, and PHPP manual.  The PHPP can be purchased here: https://foursevenfive.com/product/phpp/



12:00 – 4:00: Virtual Training.

*Note that lunch will NOT be provided, so please eat lunch prior to the event. Green Building Alliance will provide snacks at each training.*


Learning Objectives:

*Achieve a deeper understanding of the Passive House building standard and its application in residential spaces

*Learn how to measure and record building characteristics using PHPP software

*Gain practical experience in using PHPP software to assess the energy efficiency of a residential development project

*Explore the structure, inputs, and outputs of PHPP software as they relate to heating and cooling demands, as well as other indoor climate-associated data
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This event is approved for 16 AIA HSW hours.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


Presenter Bio: Andrew Peel

As one of only three Canadian-based Passive House building certifiers accredited by the German Passive House Institut, Andrew Peel’s primary areas of expertise are in low carbon buildings and renewable energy. His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, program management, business development, technical and non-technical articles and publications, lecture and workshop delivery, and technical research. Andrew founded Peel Passive House Consulting to support the development of the Passive House Standard in Canada and internationally with the vision to see the world class standard achieve mainstream adoption throughout North America.

Prior to establishing his own company, Andrew worked in a variety of capacities in Europe. These included managing the UK Government’s innovative carbon saving technologies scheme and the Energy Saving Trust’s Best Practice Helpline. He also managed and delivered Passive House, Code for Sustainable Homes, wind turbine development, and thermal modelling projects as well as organizing Passive House study tours.


This training is made possible by the generous support of



March 6, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Green Building Alliance
33 Terminal Way, Suite 331
Pittsburgh, 15219 United States
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