What course is right for me?

If you are looking for an introduction to the concept of Passive House design and construction, we recommend taking 50: Basic Understanding of a Passive House Building. Whether you are a planner, builder, policy maker or looking to build your own home, this course will provide a valuable overview.

If you want a more advanced and detailed understanding of Passive House principles, we recommend 120A: Passive House Design and Construction. This four-day course covers the technical, economic and policy elements of Passive House buildings. Participants will learn how to apply Passive House principles in the context of building physics, windows and mechanical systems. Recommended for building industry professionals and individuals who are going to be involved in the design and construction of Passive House buildings or EnerPHit (retrofit) projects, including: architects, engineers, design professionals, site supervisors, general contractors, building inspectors, city planners, homeowners, investors and suppliers of high performance building materials that may be used in Passive House construction.

If you are planning to design or build a Passive House building, you will need to take 120A and 120B: Understanding and Working with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). PHPP is the energy modelling software essential for designing a Passive House building. Participants will understand the input and outputs of PHPP, how to select appropriate climate data sets and record building measurements.

120C: Preparation for the Certified Passive House Designer/ Consultant Exam is specifically for people intending to write the Certified Passive House Designer/ Consultant exam, and who have already completed courses 120A and 120B (or equivalent). It can be taken either as a self-paced online module or a two-day in-class course. The exam is set by the Passive House Institute and can be challenging, so we recommend taking one or both of these courses that provide information and exercises to thoroughly prepare you.

If you are going to directly involved in the construction of Passive House buildings, you will need to take 150: Passive House Construction Training Course for Trades. This three-part course teaches practical Passive House building techniques and theory about this high-performance building standard, and is recommended for tradespeople, site supervisors and general contractors. It may also be of interest to designers, architects, architectural technologists and developers. All theoretical components of this course are covered in 120A: Passive House Design & Construction.

If you have completed 120A and 120B and/or are already designing and building to the Passive House Standard, we offer masterclasses in PHPP, designPH and Passive House Design for Multifamily Buildings.

We also offer one day intensives on Building Enclosures for High Performance Buildings, Ventilation for High Performance Commercial Buildings and Thermal Bridging Calculations. Prior knowledge of Passive House design is not essential for these courses.

If you are still unsure what course is right for you, please contact us at [email protected].

What will I need to bring to a course?

We provide participants with handouts and printed material for all of our courses. You may also want to bring a notebook and pen. No laptop is required  for the one day Introduction to Passive House course, however for the Complete Passive House Design  and Construction course and master classes, you’ll need a laptop with a 2004 or later version of MS Excel/Open Office in order to run the PHPP design software. You will receive an email shortly before the start of each course outlining what you will need to bring.

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How do I become a Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant?

There are two routes to achieving the International professional designation ‘Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant’, and our Complete Passive House Design & Construction Course (Parts A, B and C) is a key stepping stone. Once you’ve completed the course you must either pass the 3-hour formal exam set by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany (and offered by Passive House Canada) OR act as the Passive House designer on a house or building that achieves the energy performance and other requirements to be approved as a Certified Passive House.

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Can I get support on my Passive House project after my course?

Passive House Canada does not offer consulting services but we encourage you to connect you with professionals in your area and get involved with Passive House socials for knowledge sharing.

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Can I get professional development learning credits?

Yes. Passive House Canada is accredited with several professional associations, including: Planning Institute of BC (PIBC), Homeowner Protection Office of BC (HPO), Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC), Architectural Association of Alberta (AAA), Saskatchewan Association of Architects (SAA), Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA) and Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). AIBC, AAA, and SAA require that attendees sign an attendance form at each course. We then submit these forms on the attendees’ behalf. MAA and OAA allow their members to self-report their learning units directly. HPO offers an online portal where we list our courses. HPO members should report their attendance at a course through the portal. PIBC members are also expected to self-report their learning units. We try to advertise our courses through the above professional institutions where possible. We also are in the process of working with other professional associations to become accredited educational providers with them. If you are a member of a professional institution that is not listed above and wish to receive credits, please get in touch with us.

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Why should I learn with Passive House Canada?

Passive House Canada has been teaching Passive House design and construction across Canada since 2010, and is distinguished as a leading Passive House education provider. We offer a comprehensive program for a wide audience that can be tailored to individual or organizational needs and interests. We have partnered with the Passive House Academy and Peel Passive House Consulting to create a training program that is cutting edge and customized to the Canadian industry.

Our course conductors are industry professionals immersed day to day in Canadian Passive House projects, and are accredited by the Passive House Institute. We continuously incorporate participant feedback and apply what we learn to create an in-depth training program that thoroughly equips graduates to begin designing Passive House buildings.

As a non-profit organisation, we strive to keep our prices accessible while offering first rate material and industry expert course instructors.

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How many times a year are the exams offered?

The Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant exam is offered four times each year in various cities across Canada. The Certified Passive House Tradesperson exam is offered three times a year. Please check our calendar for upcoming dates and locations.

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When will I know if I passed the exam?

You will receive notification of your exam results approximately 8 to 12 weeks after the date of writing. Please note, the Passive House Institute will contact you directly with your results; Passive House Canada do not receive exam participants results before participants. If you do have questions about your exam results please contact [email protected].

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What does the exam preparation course cover?

The exam preparation course is an in-class, instructor-led review of the topics covered in the Passive House Design and Construction course. It will also provide guidance on how to prepare for the exam. The instructor will be available to answer any questions you may have.

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What are your refund, transfer and COVID-19 policies?

We strive to make our education programs available to as many people as possible. We understand the uncertainty of these unprecedented times may result in you having to defer or cancel your course.  As a not-for-profit organization, we need to cover our administrative and “lost opportunity” costs resulting from cancelled or rescheduled courses.

Accordingly, this is our refund, transfer and COVID-19 policies (effective January 1st, 2021).

Online Courses

Seven days or more prior to start of course

  • 80% refund, or transfer of registration to alternate date.

Three to six days prior to start of course

  • 50% refund, or transfer of registration to alternate date.

Two days prior, up to day of course

  • No refund. Transfer of registration to alternate date (10% Late Transfer Fee will apply).

In-Person Courses

Fifteen (15) days or more prior to start of course

  • 80% refund, or transfer of registration to alternate date.

Fourteen (14) to Seven (7) days prior to start of course

  • 50% refund, or transfer of registration to alternate date.

Six (6) days up to the day of course

  • No refund. Transfer of registration to alternate date (20% Late Transfer Fee will apply).

The health and safety of our participants is important to us. Participants are not permitted to attend in-person courses if they are exhibiting any symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and difficulty swallowing, coughing or sneezing, or other symptoms as described by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Exams (Consultant/Designer & Trades)

15 days or more prior to the exam

  • 90% refund, or transfer of registration to alternate date.

Ten days prior to start to the exam

  • 50% refund, or transfer of registration to alternate date.

Seven days prior, up to day of the exam

  • No refund. Transfer of registration to alternate date (10% Late Transfer Fee will apply).

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How do I renew my Passive House Designer or Consultant Certification?

The Passive House Institute requires you to renew your Passive House Designer or Consultant certification every five years. There are two ways you can do this:

1. If you are designing and constructing Passive House buildings, including EnerPHit, you can submit project documentation for assessment. You can find details of the process here.

2. Via credit points attained through courses, events or teaching activities. For renewal, it is necessary to provide proof of 100 credit points, which must have been acquired within the validity period of the previous certificate i.e. 5 years. One learning unit (45 minutes) equates to 1 credit.

Passive House Canada master classes, as well as our 2013 and 2015 conferences, are approved for PHI credits towards re-certification. See here for more details. The credits associated with our courses can be found on the individual course pages.

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How do I renew my Passive House Tradesperson Certification?

You can renew your certification via continuing professional development or via trades documentation. The procedure for trades documentation—with the initial inspection of trades documentation and the contract design—is based on the project documentation provided by designers. A MicroSoft Word template is available to use for submitting this information. The building does not have to be a certified Passive House, as the conditions apply to the individual building components.

For an example of how such a thing can look like, see Information about certificate renewal via trades documentation.

Renewing Passive House tradesperson certification through trades documentation is fairly simple: The blue texts and characters mark the fields to be filled in the Word template. Furthermore, only a limited number of photos are required to supplement the text. Under point D—”Short description of the work”—a version in English is requested.

The assessing body for the trades documentation is the contact person for the tradesperson. This person supports, if necessary, and carries out the initial inspection of the created documentation. The final version, as usual, will be checked by the Passive House Institute and, if the application to renew is successful, PHI will send the extended certificate to the tradesperson.

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