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ONLINE: Achieving the Passive House Standard for Existing Buildings – 5 Dec 2023


Day 1 & 2: Tuesday December 5 & Thursday December 7, 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST) each day
Day 3 & 4: Tuesday December 12 & Thursday December 14, 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST) each day

*Dates are subject to change

Course description

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. 

Learning Outcomes

  • 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. 

Recommended for

Anyone engaged in the design and rehabilitation of existing buildings to the Passive House standard. Architects, tradespeoplebuilding-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

Course Instructor

The instructor for this course will be confirmed shortly.

Course Fee

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*

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: 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)
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)
AAA: 15 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course) self-reported