Course Description

PHN’s Introduction to Passive House Trades course will broadly cover the following topics: Passive House basics, review typical construction types, windows and installation, air barriers and insulation and new, innovative PH products. It is crucial when working on Passive House buildings to properly install components, understand how to correctly implement design details, and asses and plan for the current and future performance of the building. This live online course is accompanied by mini video tutorials for various PH product installations, plus incorporates actual building of Passive House details relevant to the US construction industry.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the five key principles of Passive House projects
  • Summarize typical materials and methods used for insulation and air barriers on Passive House projects
  • Explain challenging details seen on wood and steel framed construction projects and propose solutions on how these can be overcome
  • Describe the common approaches for air barrier application and insulation installation on residential and commercial projects
  • Explain systems that can be used to provide space conditioning and ventilation on Passive House projects
  • Describe how lighting selections and lighting controls impact electrical energy usage on a project
  • Summarize the difference between quality control vs. quality assurance, along with attributes of each concept
  • Describe the documentation requirements needed for passive house certification and identify how it overlaps with the overall quality assurance process.

Learning Units

2 AIA LU credits, pending for this course


Steve Mann, The Passive House Network and Home Energy Services

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