Passive House Standards are not just for new construction. Existing structures can benefit from upgrading airtightness, insulation, reducing thermal bridging, upgrading to high performance doors and windows, and adding energy recovery ventilation. Applying the passive house standards to existing structure, however, has its own unique challenges. In this course, you’ll review the passive house standards and take a closer look at how they apply to retrofitting existing buildings, as well as the EnerPHit certifications for building with successful retrofits.

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 improved 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


Steve Mann, The Passive House Network and Home Energy Services