ONLINE: Understanding & Working with PHPP (120B) – 1 Nov 2021


Day 1-3: Monday November 1, Wednesday November 3 & Friday November 5, 2021 – 9am to 1pm (PDT) each day
Day 4-6: Monday November 22, Wednesday November 24 & Friday November 26, 2021 – 9am to 1pm (PST) each day

Course description

Understanding and Working with PHPP will enable you to take on your first Passive House project. It provides step-by-step instruction for using the PHPP energy modelling software, which is essential for designing a Passive House building.

Participants will learn the structure, inputs and outputs of PHPP, and how to select appropriate climate data sets and record building measurements. The course includes modelling a sample Canadian project, where participants will assess building heat loss, energy demand and summertime overheating risk, as well as looking at the reliability of data sources and how design decisions impact the building energy demand.

  • Introduction and overview of PHPP, treated floor areas and U-values for assemblies
  • Heat loss areas and thermal bridging calculations
  • Ground calculations and energy implications
  • Window components and inputs, shading, ventilation volumes and airflow
  • Heating demand and load, summer cooling requirements and ventilation
  • Domestic hot water energy, electrical and other energy demands, renewable energy (PER)

Recommended for

  • Those who will be directly involved in the design, construction and energy modelling of Passive House buildings, including architects, engineers and design professionals.
  • Anyone pursuing the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant designation

Learning resources provided

  • PHPP demonstration files
  • Digital copy of course slides
  • Access to a private LinkedIn discussion group
  • Course recordings (available for 3 months after end of course)

Course Instructors

The instructors for this course will be Lorrie Rand and Susan MacDougall

Prerequisites/required knowledge and equipment/software

  • 120A: Passive House Design and Construction, or equivalent
  • Desktop/Laptop with Microsoft Excel or equivalent installed (PHPP is Excel based), mouse  and two monitors recommended.
  • Area measurement software such as Autodesk Design Review (free) or Bluebeam Revu (free trial)
  • Although PHPP demonstration files will be provided for use during the course, we recommend you purchase the PHPP software prior to attending the course. The PHPP manual is provided with the purchase of the software and is useful in understanding all of the features. In addition, individuals wishing to write the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam are required to supply a valid PHPP registration number on the exam registration form. If you do not yet own a copy of PHPP, one can be purchased from our website herePlease allow at least one week for shipping.

Course Fee

PHC Member- $1,080
Non- Member – $1,200

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.

Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 22.5

BC Housing (HPO): 22.5 CPD Informal
AIBC: 22.5 Core Learning Units (based on attendance of live course)
ALBNL: 22.5 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)
AANB: 22.5 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)
NSAA: 22.5 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)
AAA webinar credits: self-reported
APEG credits: self-reported
ARIDO credits: self-reported
OPPI credits: self-reported
EGBC credits: self-reported
OAA: self-reported