Designer Training

Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant (CPHD/C) Training Schedule:

For full course description and registration, make a selection below.

September 17-21, 2018 – New York City: More info & registration

October 6, 2018 – EXAM – hosted in following cities: New York CityBoston

October 29 – November 2 – New Jersey: More Information

November 12-16, 2018 – New YorkMore info & registration

December 3-7, 2018 – San Francisco AreaMore info & registration

December 7, 2018 – EXAM – hosted in following cities: New York City

January 14-18, 2019 – PhiladelphiaMore information

January 28 – Feb 1, 2019 – New York CityMore info & registration

February 11-15, 2019 – Portland, MEMore info & registration

February 26 – March 1, 2019 – DenverMore information

April 1-5, 2019 – New York CityMore info & registration

June 3-7, 2019 – New York CityMore info & registration


NAPHN’s Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant course is the premier training program for Passive House building professionals. Supported by a 25+ year history of global technical leadership by the Passive House Institute, and over 7 years of successful American instruction, from Maine to California, by the Passive House Academy – this course is specifically designed to teach the international Passive House Standard to American professionals making Passive House buildings in the U.S. construction industry.

With 5 days of in-class instruction, and additional e-learning modules that can be completed at one’s own pace, participants will get a thorough grounding in the critical aspects of Passive House design and construction. Participants will be able to apply the lessons learned directly to their real-world work experience, and join a team in making Passive House buildings. On successfully passing the exam, participants will receive a five year registration as an internationally accredited Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant.

This course is for all building professionals: architects,  MEP and structural engineers, builders and construction managers working in the design and construction of new build and retrofit Passive House buildings.

This course is provided in collaboration with the Passive House Academy (PHA) and the Passive House Institute (PHI), and is accredited by the AIA for 35 LUs.

In-class schedule:
Day 1: Introduction to Passive House principles and economics, with an in-depth look at enclosure insulation & thermal bridging: principles, calculations, details, systems and components.

Day 2: Enclosure airtightness and windows: principles, calculations, details, systems and components.

Day 3: Ventilation, heating, cooling, dehumidification and domestic hot water: principles, calculations, details, systems and components.

Day 4: PHPP energy model and calculating building energy balance.

Day 5: Retrofits, certifications and exam preparation.

Online Modules:
Nine online modules reinforce, and expand on, the classroom work – completed at the participant’s pace:

Module 1: Energy Balance & Calculations
Module 2: Insulated Opaque Envelope
Module 3: Airtightness & Thermal Imaging
Module 4: Designing a Passive House
Module 5: Thermal Bridging
Module 6: Windows
Module 7(a): Ventilation
Module 7(b): Heating & Cooling
Module 8: Economics
Module 9: PHPP

The exam occurs four times each year globally: on a day in March, in June, in October and in December.

The current version of the PHPP energy model will be provided and registered to the attending participant for use in class – and any subsequent professional work.

The designation “Designer” is reserved for architects, engineers and similarly specialized building professionals. The “Consultants” designation is for non-specialized professionals and others. A more detailed guideline can be found here.)

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