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ONLINE: Introduction to Control Layers for Passive House Wall Assemblies (Building Enclosure Control Layers Session 1) – 12 Oct 2023


Thursday October 12, 2023 from 10am – 12pm PT

*Date is subject to change

Course description

If you are a designer or builder who wants to achieve a high-performing, durable Passive House building, you need to understand control layers. Control layers are materials and systems of materials that are specially designed, selected, and detailed to control water, vapour, and air. They are placed throughout the building, from the roof, walls, and floor to the below-grade enclosure assemblies, details, and interfaces. They consist of membranes and other materials typically described as air barriers, vapour barriers, and water-resistive barriers, or collectively as critical barriers.

The design, selection, and placement of control layers can be challenging. Given the highly insulated nature of passive house buildings, even small mistakes in water and air control can create problems. Simply adding insulation to traditional wall and roof assemblies is risky, so air and vapour control practices must be adjusted to consider the assembly layers and details. Therefore, to design and construct effective passive house buildings, designers and builders must understand the building science behind control layers.

Building Enclosure Control Layers –  Session 1 of 4 Part Series

Session 1 will introduce the concept of building enclosure control layers and provide examples from passive house buildings of air barrier systems, vapour retarders/barriers, and wall/roof water management. The session will also cover placement of vapour control with different types and varying thicknesses of insulation and water control for walls, including rainscreens and water-resistive barrier materials.

This two-hour session will include 90 minutes of live web-based instruction and demonstrations plus a 30-minute Q&A.

*To register for the full series, please click here.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the challenges with building enclosure assembly design and detailing for passive house projects
  • Describe and identify building enclosure control layers
  • Design and sketch appropriate building enclosure control layers within passive house building enclosure assemblies and details
  • Specify appropriate building materials for different control functions suitable for the higher demands of passive house projects

Recommended for

  • Passive House Designers and Consultants
  • Builders, architects, architectural technologist and engineers
  • Building officials and planners
  • Trades
  • Students
  • Anyone interested in the subject

Prerequisites / required background knowledge

No prerequisites are necessary, but a basic understanding of passive house principles, including Passive House Canada 120A, would be beneficial.

Learning resources provided

  • Digital copy of course slide
  • Webinar recording for 20 days after the event has ended

Course Instructors

The instructor for this course will be Graham Finch.

Course Fee

PHC Member – $198*
Non-Member – $220

*Member prices will be displayed for current members once added to the cart

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 the certification exam. Please consult the links here to find out more about funding available in the province you live in.

Cancelation and Refund Policy

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

Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 2 

PHI: 2 Credit points (based on attendance of live event)
BC Housing (HPO): 1.5 CPD Informal (based on attendance of live event)
AIBC: 2 Core LUs (based on attendance of live event)
ALBNL: 2 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live event)
AANB: 2 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live event)
NSAA: 2 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live event)
AAA: 2 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live event) self-reported
APEG credits: self-reported
ARIDO credits: self-reported
OPPI credits: self-reported
EGBC credits: self-reported
OAA: self-reported