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 is a 4-hour course that dives into the basic principles, history, certification, and the new frontiers of Passive House design as it continues to challenge and change industry expectations. All theory is then illustrated through 3 case studies outlining specific Passive House principles.

Prerequisite Knowledge
General knowledge about sustainable building design.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline the 5 basic principles of Passive House design and how each principle contributes to the health, safety and welfare of occupants.
  • Describe why and how hygienic ventilation is an essential defining component of Passive House design and operation. And outline how the Passive House design focuses on very good energy efficiency which results in side-benefits like great occupant thermal and acoustic comfort, improved occupant health outcomes, and economic affordability.
  • Outline the major Passive House tools: PHPP, DesignPH and Therm, and provide an overview of the tools in correlation with data-driven design.
  • To understand how to get from where the participant is now to building a building adhering to the international passive house standard through applicable case studies. And illustrate the data-driven’ design process used to help projects meet their comfort, durability and climate goals.

Learning Units

4.0 AIA LU/HSW approved for this course