As an Affiliate of the International Passive House Association, we are proud to be the leading Passive House training organisation in Canada. Our instructors have taught hundreds of students around North America on all aspects of Passive House design and construction. We lead the field nationally in offering practical and pragmatic advice for ecological, sustainable construction, and we’re continually updating and revising our course material to reflect the advancement of the Passive House Standard in Canada and internationally. Passive House course offerings include the following:

100 LEVEL FOUNDATION COURSES

100: Passive House Basics Webinar

This webinar will define what a Passive House is, how the design standard is applied to different building types and the requirement for careful design and high performance components. It will touch on which building types are more suitable for a first project and how expertise in Passive House design and construction is acquired.

110: One day intro to Passive House Course

This course will introduce all significant Passive House design issues, including: Passive House history; design fundamentals; Passive House requirements in Canada; superinsulated building envelopes; extreme airtightness; windows; ventilation design fundamentals; and Canadian case studies.

120: Passive House Design and Construction Course

The Certified Passive House Designers Course curriculum has been substantially revised, expanded, and improved. Drawing from several years of experience delivering the course and extensive feedback from past participants, this new curriculum has been crafted to prepare participants to take the international Passive House exam and tackle their first Passive House project.

The Passive House Design and Construction Course is aimed at all current and aspiring building industry professionals who are motivated to learn how to build to the world’s most advanced and energy efficient construction standard.

This foundation course is offered in three modules. Each module can be taken separately, or they can be taken together in a combination that meets your needs.

Part A (4 days in class): 

Part A can be taken on its own and provides a comprehensive foundation in Passive House design and construction. These are the principles that need to be thoroughly understood in order to write the Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant exam.

Part A covers the technical, social, economic, and policy elements of the standard. Numerous case studies, both domestic and international, will demonstrate current best practice.

Intended Audience: All building industry professionals, including city planners, policy makers, building officials, manufacturers, engineers, architects, designers, contractors, and builders. Part A can be taken as a standalone course even if you don’t intend to write the exam.

Part B (3 days in class):  

Part B is meant to enable you to take on your first Passive House project. This segment of the course offers a step by step guide to using Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) to design to the Passive House standard.

Intended Audience: All those that will be directly involved in the design and construction of Passive House projects.

Part C (online module): self-paced

Part C is an online exam prep module that is self-paced. This module provides slides and exercises to help prepare you to write the Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant exam. Feedback will be given on your design exercise.

150: Five Day Passive House Trades Course

This course is aimed at all building professionals, contractors, engineers, builders, advanced trades students and others who are motivated to learn how to build to the world’s most advanced and ecological construction standard – the Passive House Standard. This comprehensive trades course is designed to enable you to understand Passive House building techniques and helps prepare you to pass the International Passive House Trades Exam. It is delivered in a 5 day in-class lecture/workshop. The learning emphasis is based on a combination of Passive Building theory and hands on building exposure. The course incorporates actual building of Passive House details relevant to the Canadian Construction Industry.

Courses are being taught at British Columbia School of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby BC and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Institute in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Please visit our Partner Courses page for more details. If you are an Institution or Company wanting in-house training, you can contact info@canphi.ca for more information.

190: Two Day Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam Preparation Course

This course is designed to help prepare graduates of the Passive House Design and Construction course to write the Passive House Institute exam. This course can be taken in addition to Part C of the Passive House Design and Construction course.

200 LEVEL MASTER CLASS COURSES

210: Three day Using PHPP in Design and Calculation

Participants will learn how to use the 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.

220: Two day Intro to the designPH Sketchup Plugin

Participants will learn how to use designPH for the design and certification of Passive House buildings.  Participants will be guided step-by-step through the building design process, from building model creation to exporting to PHPP.  A major focus will be on iterative design to achieve the Passive House criteria.

230: Two Day Thermal Bridging Calculation

Participants learn the fundamentals of thermal bridging calculations for wood-framed construction. Common junction details and their modelling conventions will be examined. Modelling techniques will be taught using Therm. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform calculations and have them reviewed in class.

You can download our course brochure here: Passive House Courses & Workshops