The Passive House Network Announces Launch of Specialized Thermal Bridging Course

The new advanced on-demand course is focused on the thermal bridging calculations, simulations and analysis needed to make a very energy efficient building enclosure to address the climate change emergency.

New York, NY October 21, 2021 –  The Passive House Network (PHN) announced today the launch of the Thermal Bridging course, as an on-demand online training for architects, engineers and consultants working on Passive House residential and commercial building construction.

“Thermal bridge calculations are essential for delivering predictable building performance and cost effective construction,” said Sharon Gaber, PHN Managing Director. Gaber noted, “With this advanced course, architects, engineers and consultants can close the loop on making truly continuous insulation and be assured of high-performance that addresses occupant needs and our climate crisis.”

The Thermal Bridging course is available at any time, on demand, over a six month period. This availability allows students to access the lessons at their own pace, review calculations step-by-step as needed and master this critical aspect of Passive House design. The cost is $595.  14 AIA LU/HSW credits are available. Topics will cover: 

  1. Introduction & THERM setup
  2. Assemblies
  3. Junctions
  4. Windows
  5. Ground
  6. Next Steps

The course was developed in collaboration with Ed May and BLDGtyp.  Ed May, a BLDGtyp partner, stated, “For a building enclosure to provide predictable Passive House high-performance, the comprehensive consideration of thermal bridges is required. The course we’ve developed carefully takes students through that path, clarifies critical aspects, and provides the skills needed to close the loop, and support Passive House energy balance calculations.”

The course, Thermal Bridging, is part of a larger Passive House education pathway, that begins with introductory classes, including a suite of on-demand introductory topics offered by the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx), based in NYC, the core Certified Passive House Designer and Certified Passive House Tradesperson courses, and other specialized expert training.

“The courses in the training pathway are all organized to build on each other and support growing high-performance competency as we work to make buildings a solution to our climate, health, and social crises,” stated PHN Executive Director, Ken Levenson. “Our climate emergency demands nothing less.”

This course can be accessed at: https://naphnetwork.org/education/introductory/intro-to-trades/