Course Description

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 2-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 case studies outlining specific Passive House principles.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline the five fundamental 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 outstanding energy efficiency, which results inside benefits like great occupant thermal and acoustic comfort, improved occupant health outcomes, and economic affordability
  • Outline the significant Passive House tools: PHPP, DesignPH, and Therm, and provide an overview of the tools correlating with data-driven design
  • Describe common adjustments to the design and construction process to ensure Passive House standards are met through applicable case studies

Learning Units

2 AIA LU/HSW approved credits for this course


Steve MannThe Passive House Network and Home Energy Services