ONLINE: Passive House Design and Construction (120A) – 7 Nov 2023


Day 1-2: Tuesday November 7 & Thursday November 9, 2023 – 9am to 1pm (PT) each day
Day 3-4:
Tuesday November 14 & Thursday November 16, 2023 – 9am to 1pm (PT) each day
Day 5-6: Tuesday November 21 & Thursday November 23, 2023 – 9am to 1pm (PT) each day
Day 7-8: Tuesday November 28 & Thursday November 30, 2023 – 9am to 1pm (PT) each day

*Dates are subject to change

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 recordings (available for 3 months after end of course)

Course Instructors

The instructors for this course will be confirmed shortly.

Course Fee

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

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

**To register for the full Pathway to Certification, please click here.

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.

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: 30 (based on attendance of live course)

BC Housing (HPO): 30 CPD Informal (based on attendance of live course)
AIBC: 30 Core Learning Units (based on attendance of live course)
ALBNL: 30 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)
AANB: 30 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)
NSAA: 30 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)
AAA: 30 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course) self-reported
OAA: self-reported