IN-PERSON BC: Passive House Design and Construction (120A) – 22 April 2022


Day 1-2:  Friday April 22 & Saturday April 23, 2022 – 9am to 5pm (PDT) each day
Day 3-4:  Friday April 29th & Friday April 30th, 2022 – 9am to 5pm (PDT) each day

Location: BCIT Downtown Campus – 555 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6 – Room 557.
Directions to the BCIT downtown campus can be found here and COVID protocols can be reviewed here

Course description

Passive House Design and Construction (120A) 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. Numerous case studies, both domestic and international, will be used to demonstrate current best practices and teach concepts of cost assessment. Participants will also have the opportunity to solidify their learning with interactive exercises throughout the course.

120A can be taken as a standalone course even if you don’t intend to write the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam. If you intend to write the exam we strongly recommend you take 120A, 120B and 120C prior to writing the exam.

  • Building science and energy use, overview of Passive House principles
  • In-depth look at insulation and airtightness design and construction techniques
  • Thermal bridging principles, elimination of thermal bridges through better design and construction
  • Window placement and construction, window components and efficiency
  • Ventilation system design principles, components, distribution and operation
  • Heating and cooling a Passive House building, design principles, components, distribution and operation
  • Economics of Passive House design and construction, cost and risk reduction, marketability
  • Quality assurance and testing
  • Building certification process

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.

Prerequisites / required background knowledge

There are no prerequisites for this course, however it will be assumed that the participants can read blueprints and have a basic understanding of construction terminology. This course does include some use of mathematical formulas.

Please note: 90: Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings is not required to take this course.

Learning resources provided

  • Digital copy of course slides
  • Access to a private LinkedIn discussion group

Course Instructors

The instructors for this course are Cillian Collins and Sandra Rohler

Course Fee

PHC Member- $1,584
Non- Member – $1,760

Funding Opportunities

At Passive House Canada we are committed to supporting our community in a number of ways. As a potential course participant, you might qualify for government funding that could be applied to any of our courses and certification exams. Please consult the links here to find out more about funding available in your province.

Register soon

If insufficient registrations are received by 14 days before this course is scheduled to start, it may be cancelled. While we do our best to plan our course schedule well in advance, course dates, venues and instructors are subject to change.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Important: please read our refund policy, available in our Course and Exam FAQs page.

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. No refunds will be allowed and courses can be transferred to an alternate date.

Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 30 

BC Housing (HPO): 29 CPD Informal
AIBC: 30 Core Learning Units
ALBNL: 30 Core Learning Hours
AANB: 30 Core Learning Hours
NSAA: 30 Core Learning Hours
AAA webinar credits: self-reported
OAA: self-reported