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ONLINE – Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings (90) – 18 March 2024


Day 1 & 2: Monday March 18 & Wednesday March 20, 2024 from 10am to 12pm (PT) each day
Day 3 & 4: Monday March 25 & Wednesday March 27, 2024 from 10am to 12pm (PT) each day

*Dates are subject to change

Course description

An Introduction to the Passive House High Performance Buildings provides an overview of the core principles of Passive House design and building energy efficiency regulations in Canada. The course also covers the history of energy efficient buildings, energy consumption data and environmental impact, case studies and the economics of creating high performance buildings.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding Passive House principles
  • insulation and airtightness design and construction techniques
  • Thermal bridging basic concept
  • Window placement and construction, window components and efficiency
  • Ventilation system in a Passive House building
  • Economics of Passive House design and construction
  • Case studies.

Recommended for

Anyone wishing to understand the basics of Passive House high performance buildings, including:

Homeowners, developers, project coordinators, realtors, subcontractors and component suppliers, architects, engineers, architectural technologists and other design professionals.

Please note this is an introductory course and does not provide the technical knowledge necessary to design and build a Passive House building. If you are ready to take on a Passive House project, we recommend registering for the Pathway to Passive House Designer/Consultant Certification (120P) series.

Prerequisites / required background knowledge


Learning resources provided

  • Digital copy of course slides
  • Recording available for 30 days following the event

Course instructors

Kevin D Brown
Kevin has a background in energy efficient design and construction, as well as renovation and heritage building restoration, building to multiple, stringent standards. The completion of a Master of Industrial Design degree, which focused on green design, provided him with the ability to understand design intent, while making sure that the specifications are fit for purpose.

Kevin brings to his work at Nicol Design a background focused on residential construction, specifications of Passive House detailing, review of mechanical systems, and supervision and education of trades. His residential projects include single family homes and green heritage restorations. Kevin’s non-residential projects have included restaurants and heritage sites.
Kevin now runs a Passive House design and consultancy, focusing on new Passive House residential and EnerPHit projects.

Cillian Collins
Cillian Collins is an architect registered in Ireland and an associate with Perkins&Will Architects. He is a Certified Passive House Designer with over 10 years of experience across a variety of project types and scales, including Passive House projects in Canada and Ireland. He is Chair of the Passive House Canada Education Committee, playing a key role in curriculum development, teaching, and advocating for the Passive House standard in Canada.

Course Fee

PHC Member – $208*
Non-Member – $231

*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 certification exams. Please consult the links here to find out more about funding available in your province.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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

Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 7 (based on attendance of live course)

AIBC: 7 Core Learning Units (based of live attendance of event)
BC Housing (HPO) Training Hours: 7 CPD Informal (based on attendance of live course)
ALBNL:7 Core Learning Hours (based of live attendance of event)
AANB: 7 Core Learning Hours (based of live attendance of event)
NSAA: 7 Core Learning Hours (based of live attendance of event)
AAA: 7 Core Learning Hours (based of live attendance of event) self-reported
OAA: self-reported