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Certified Passive House Designer (PHI) Training

March 31, 2023

Certified Passive House Designer (PHI) Training

About the Class

This course is planned to be held as a New England Cohort. This course provides tools, techniques and tips for how to build via passive house principles for all building types. It dives into Passive House building concepts and builds a foundation of knowledge and skill to integrate PHI building design standards into any building project. This course is specifically designed to teach the international Passive House Standard (PHI) to professionals in the U.S. design and construction industry and is required prior to taking the CPHD/C professional certification exam. 

This 13 week training includes 8 live-online training and Q&A sessions and one in-person site visit to a PHI project. Trainees who successfully complete the training are eligible to take the live-online certification exam the final week of the course. Course materials, Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) software individual license, and supplemental exam preparation material is also provided.

Cost of course is $1,400, plus an additional $595 fee for course materials for a total of $1,995. The $595 for course materials is not reimbursed by the grant.

Background photo above is by Steve Pancrate on Unsplash.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

Outline the basic building science principles of the Passive House Standard.

Determine strategies for implementing the principles in both design and construction phases.

Describe the role of the Passive House energy model and its relationship to component selection, detailing and execution.

Explain basic energy calculations based on typical building assemblies.

Monthly Training Schedule

Week 1: March 27-April 2
Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Insulation
March 31st | 3 PM ET: Live-Online Kickoff: Meet & Greet

Week 2: April 3-9
Module 3: Airtightness
Module 4: Thermal Bridging
Module 5: Windows

Week 3: April 10-16
Module 6: Ventilation
Module 7: Heating & DWH
April 12th | 3 PM ETL Live-Online Q&A Session #1

Week 4: April 17-23
Webinar 1: Building Envelope
Module 8: Cooling
Module 9: Certification
April 19th | 12 PM – 3 PM ET: Live-Online Webinar: Building Envelope

Week 5: April 24-30
Module 10: Economics
Module 11: QA/QC
April 26th | 3 PM ET: Live-Online Q&A Session #2

Week 6: May 1-7
Module 12: Bidding
Module 13: designPH
May 3rd | 3 PM ET: Live-Online Q&A Session #3

Week 7: May 8-14
Webinar 2: Building Services & Economics
Module 14: PHPP
May 10th | 12 PM – 3 PM ET: Live-Online Webinar 2: Building Services & Economics

Week 8: May 15-21
Module 15: Exam Prep Course & Wrap-up
May 17th | 3 PM ET: Live-Online Q&A Session #4
Date | Time TBD: Site Visit: greater Boston location TBD

Week 9-12: May 22-June 18
Exam Prep
June 8th | 12 PM – 2 PM ET: Live-Online Exam Review
June 15th | 10 AM – 11 AM ET: Tech Setup

Week 13: June 19-22
June 22nd | 10 AM – 1 PM ET: Live-Online Exam


This training includes optional registration for the international CPHD/C exam and exam preparations. Upon passing the CPHD/C exam, participants receive certification as either a PH Designer or PH Consultant.

Technology and Course Requirements

Live-Online courses require a personal computer or laptop with a good internet connection, speed, and audio listening capabilities. A web-camera is preferred for Live-Online sessions. Preferred web browsers are Firefox, Chrome, or Chromium-based browsers.

A Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) software individual license is provided.

For PHN On-Demand courses all lessons, topics, and quizzes must be marked complete; any required webinars must be attended; and the post-training survey must be completed. For In-Person & Live-Online multi-day courses, no more than 2 hours can be missed to receive a course completion certificate. This course will prepare you for PHI’s Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant exam.

Education Credits

35 AIA LU/HSW credits & certificate of completion. AIA credits for Live-Online and In-Person Sessions will be reported to AIA by Passive House Network (PHN) if a participant provides their AIA number during registration. All other participants can use the certificate of completion to report continuing education credits either to AIA, or other agencies that recognize the AIA CE credits.

Funding Grants Available: Submit by March 10th, 2023

The express grant is designed to help businesses of all sizes respond quickly to emerging needs and keep employees engaged. With bite-size grants for just-in-time training and no waiting periods between grants, the Express program is the Workforce Training Fund’s fastest path to funding.

$1,400 is eligible for grant funding. ($595 is for course materials and not available for grant funding).

You could take this training for FREE. Complete an Express Grant Application.

Course ID# 1135246


March 31, 2023
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