Specialized Training

Specialized training is an important part in becoming proficient in professional Passive House design and project execution. Below, the Specialized training may be provided by NAPHN, by other qualified training entities, or as a collaborative effort.

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NAPHN & Peel School of Passive House

Using PHPP in Passive House Design and Certification (IP)

Schedule – New October Dates!

  • Six Sessions, 4-hours each
  • Oct 13 &15, 20 & 22, 27 & 29
  • 12-4pm EST
  • 30 PHI Credits & 24 AIA LUs

Join NAPHN & Peel School of Passive House for the online course: Using PHPP in Passive House Design and Certification, participants will learn how to use the PHPP for residential building design and certification. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the relevant worksheets, while learning the correct conventions for measurements and calculations. Proper documentation will also be covered in detail. A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting PHPP calculations for building certification.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the structure, inputs, and outputs of PHPP software
  • Select and input appropriate climate data sets in PHPP
  • Measure and record building characteristics (areas, volumes, etc)
  • Specify building assemblies and components
  • Model HVAC systems
  • Assess building heat loss, energy demand and summertime overheating risk
  • Understand proper sourcing of performance data
  • Gain practical experience in completing a PHPP assessment for a residential development
  • Intended Audience: Architects, developers, self-builders and other building professionals.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of excel, familiarity with reading construction drawings, and a general understanding of low energy buildings is expected. Participants who lack one or more of these may find it difficult to keep up with the course material and exercises.

Course Requirements: Laptop with a take-off program (CAD, PDF etc), PHPPv9 software, and the PHPP manual. For drawings take-offs, either your own software can be used or you can download the free Autodesk Design Review from http://usa.autodesk.com/design-review/. Note that AutoDesk Design Review does not work on Macs. You can either use Windows for Mac, or download an alternative CAD mark-up program.


Peel School of Passive House

Peel School of Passive House is a leading provider of Passive House training courses. We have spent countless hours refining our courses to provide you with high quality material that will advance your Passive house knowledge and skills quickly and efficiently. All of our courses have been recognized by PHI for continuing education credit points. We are confident that you wil gain much value from our courses.

Current course offerings include (please note some may be in metric standards not IP)

Using PHPP in Passive House Design and Certification

In this 3 month online course, participants will learn how to use the PHPP for residential building design and certification. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the relevant worksheets, while learning the correct conventions for measurements and calculations. Proper documentation will also be covered in detail. A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting PHPP calculations for building certification. This course is equivalent to the 3 day in-class course.

Using DesignPH for Passive House Design

Designing a Passive House can be challenging. DesignPH was developed to simplify the design process for achieving the Passive House standard. The designPH plug-in for SketchUp provides a 3D modelling interface that works together with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). Users can create a building model, assign building components, and select a location. A simplified annual energy calculation provides a quick test of the design. Once a compliant design is achieved, key building characteristics can be exported for integration into PHPP.

In this 6 week online course, participants will learn how to use designPH for the design and certification of Passive House buildings. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the building design process, from building model creation to exporting to PHPP. A major focus will be on iterative design to achieve the Passive House criteria. A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting a designPH model for building certification.

PHPP Variants

PHPP is a powerful building energy modelling that provides accurate predictions of building performance. However, modelling multiple design options in PHPP can be tricky and/or time consuming. In PHPPv9, the Passive House Institute introduced the Variants worksheet to help address this issue. The Variants worksheet is a power tool that allows simultaneous modelling of multiple design options.This 2 week online course will explore how the Variants tool can be set up and used to achieve this and other objectives. Exercises will reinforce the learning.

Heat3 Modelling

As building codes across North America gradually tighten requirements on the building envelope performance, the importance of mitigating thermal bridging is increasing. For instance, in the soon to be released update to the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB), the thermal bridge effect of structural penetrations, shelf angles, anchors, and ties, among other elements, can no longer be ignored.

Heat3 is a 3D thermal modelling tool that lets users calculate the impact of 3D thermal bridges. The tool is gradually becoming the standard tool used for calculating thermal will thus be an invaluable tool for building energy modellers and envelope consultants to understand. For more information on Heat3: https://buildingphysics.com/heat3-3/

In this 6 week online course, participants will learn the fundamentals of thermal bridging calculations. Common 2D and 3D details and their modelling conventions will be examined. Modelling techniques will be taught using Heat3.

Ventilation in Large Passive House Buildings

Large buildings are quickly becoming a dominant feature of the Passive House landscape in North America. High efficiency, well designed ventilation systems are critical to the performance and operation of large Passive House buildings.Yet there are many misconceptions surrounding requirements and acceptable approaches.

In this 2 week online course, participants will gain a solid understanding of how Passive House approaches ventilation in large buildings.


Building-Type, LLC

bldgtyp consults and advises on high-performance building projects targeting Passive House Certification through either PHI or PHIUS. Based in Brooklyn NY, our work includes a diverse set of academic, residential, commercial and government projects. In every project we work on, we seek to help our clients create the most energy-efficient, comfortable and well designed buildings possible.

PHPP: Cooling & Mechanical Systems

Advanced 1 day training specialized on PHPP cooling and mechanical systems inputs.

Thermal Bridge Calculations

Training to do thermal bridge calculations. Varies from 1 to 3 Days.


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