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Introduction to Passive House

Passive House goals and methodology change the way architects and builders think and work, making the architectural design itself a driver of climate, health, and social solutions. This newly updated one-hour course dives into the basic principles, history, and the new frontiers of Passive House design as it continues to challenge and change industry expectations.

Outline the 5 basic principles of Passive House design and how each principle contributes to the health, safety and welfare of occupants.
Describe the history of building performance efforts and its context, including extreme weather, resource scarcity and climate change mitigation, that led to the development of Passive House design.
Describe the history of building performance efforts and its context, including extreme weather, resource scarcity and climate change mitigation, that Describe why and how hygienic ventilation is an essential defining component of Passive House design and operation
Outline how the Passive House design focus on very good energy efficiency also results in side-benefits like great occupant thermal and acoustic comfort, improved occupant health outcomes, and economic affordability.

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Qaiser Saleem
Posted 4 weeks ago
Difference of cost.

Very good, knowledgeable. Most importantly got to know about the cost difference of conventional & passive houses.

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David Dardzinski
Posted 1 month ago
Overall an informative presentation

There were many very nice photographs and graphics, but the general design was a bit lacking and static. The information was rather superficial, which is probably appropriate for an introduction. However, as the "North American" Passive House Network, why should we care if they are building passive houses on other continents, let alone create a quiz question? Is that pertinent to your mission?

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Sara
Posted 1 month ago

Thanks for your feedback David. We are constantly trying to improve our educational materials and courses and so we appreciate you taking time to go through this course and providing us with your insights.

I would like to address your concerns about the content of this course. This course, as you mentioned is an introduction, it is meant to provide an overview and not a dive deep into all the building science aspects of designing passive house buildings. The dominant precedence and the history of Passive House is in Europe, and Germany in particular, so our examples in this course pull from the history of the Passive House Institute (PHI), an international organization that sets the standard for passive house that we adhere to. In our longer introductory courses and our core certification courses, we pull from U.S. examples of passive house buildings and construction. Lastly, to address your concern about the quiz, as an educational non-profit, our courses provide continuing education credits to professionals and a knowledge check is part of adhering to our responsibility of providing those continuing education credits.

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