ONLINE: Achieving the Passive House Standard for Existing Buildings – 11 September 2023
Day 1 & 2: Monday September 11 & Wednesday September 13, 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST) each day
Day 3 & 4: Monday September 18 & Wednesday September 20, 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST) each day
*Dates are subject to change
Buildings shape the lives, health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Unfortunately, too many of the buildings across Canada often have significant problems: from drafty building envelopes, to mold and moisture problems, to inefficient HVAC systems. The Passive House standard has evolved over the years and now includes powerful tools, guidelines and certification pathways which can assist design and construction professionals seeking to retrofit existing buildings to be more comfortable, healthier and use less energy.
This in-depth seminar will introduce participants to the Passive House retrofit ‘EnerPHit’ standards and highlight some examples of successful Passive House retrofits from around the world. We will discuss the basic principles of Passive House design, including thermal comfort, energy efficiency, durability and health – as well as some of the common tools and techniques for achieving these goals on retrofits. We’ll also review how the EnerPHit standard fits into the larger efforts at decarbonization across Canada. Anyone looking to rehabilitate an existing building will benefit from this course, and in particular this course is a crucial first step for anyone looking to certify a building as a Passive House EnerPHit retrofit.
- Participants will gain knowledge about the International Passive House Standards and how these certifications apply to Retrofits of existing buildings as well as the specific Certification pathways which have been developed for conversions of existing buildings.
- Understand the various Passive House strategies for improving durability, health, comfort and energy-efficiency and how they can be applied in retrofit scenarios
- Analyze the implications of modifications to the building envelope and review some common issues and pitfalls in high performance retrofits
- Understand how building retrofits fit into the larger nationwide efforts at climate-change adaptation and mitigation.
Anyone engaged in the design and rehabilitation of existing buildings to the Passive House standard. Architects, tradespeople, building-owners
Prerequisites / required background knowledge
Highly recommended to have an understanding the Passive House new-construction standard. Basic knowledge of building construction, materials, and basic physics of buildings (heat, air water) are useful.
Learning resources provided
- Digital copy of course slides
- Course recording for 20 days after the event has ended
The instructor for this course will be Ed May.
Ed is a Certified Passive House Consultant with both the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany and the Passive House Institute of the US (PHIUS). As well as consulting on Passive House projects around North America, Ed teaches with the Passive House Academy, the North American Passive House Network, and Passive House Canada. In addition, Ed has been an Adjunct Professor at Parsons the NewSchool University as well an Industry Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ where he directed the 2015 ‘Solar Decathlon’ program.
PHC Member – $1,215*
Non-Member – $1,350
*Member prices will be displayed for current members once added to the cart
**Please note that this course is limited to 25 participants*
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
Total number of learning hours: 15 hours (based on attendance of live course)
AIA: 15 CEU’s (based on attendance of live course)
AIBC Core Learning Units: 15 Core LUs (based on attendance of live course)
BC Housing (HPO): 15 CPD Informal (based on attendance of live course)
PHI: 20 Credit Points (based on attendance of live course) K014_2023_CA
ALBNL: 15 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)
AANB: 15 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)
NSAA: 15 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)