Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant (CPHD/C) Training - San Francisco

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:00am to Wed, 11/01/2017 - 5:00pm

Invest in your own professional growth and learn how to design buildings for an all-renewable energy future!  Passive House California is proud to announce this cooperative partnership with the North American Passive House Network to bring regular trainings to our region.

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

NAPHN’s Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant course is the premier training program for low-energy, net zero and 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 Houses 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), the Passive House Institute (PHI), and Passive House California (PHCA), and is accredited by the AIA for 45 LUs.

NOTE: The in-class portion of this particular course, is provided in two parts: October 27-28 and then Oct 30-Nov 1.

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. Exact dates and more information on the exam is available here.


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.)

Registration/Ticket Options:  

Full Course Package: $2,250.00 - 5 day in-class, plus online modules, PHPP software, exam & 5 year professional registration.

Full Course Package/Member Only: $2,000.00 - Full course package is available at a discounted rate to members of NAPHN affiliates. For a list of affiliates, see here.

No Exam Package: $1,850.00 - 5 day in-class, plus online modules and PHPP software.  (Exam & 5 year professional registration will be a separate registration and $500 charge.)

No Exam Package/Member Only: $1,750.00 -  5 day in-class, plus online modules and PHPP software is available at a discounted rate to members of NAPHN affiliates.  For a list of affiliates, see here.  (Exam & 5 year professional registration will be a separate registration and $500 charge.)

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851 Howard Street

San Francisco CA