Introduction to Passive House Trades Sessions

Module 1

  • 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 common problem areas relating to the building envelope along with ways to avoid those problems.
  • Identify thermal bridge locations and recommend products that could be used for mitigation.

Module 2

  • Identify the typical wall system types used in wood framed construction.
  • 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.
  • Summarize the components of high-performance windows and proper installation techniques.

Module 3

  • Explain systems that can be used to provide space conditioning and ventilation on Passive House projects.
  • Describe the importance of well sealed ductwork and other components needed to achieve a properly working ventilation system.
  • Identify the types of domestic hot water systems available and how these can be optimized during the design phase of the project.
  • Describe how lighting selections and lighting controls impact electrical energy usage on a project.

Module 4

  • Summarize the differences between quality control vs. quality assurance, along with attributes of each concept.
  • Identify defects from construction site photos and propose solutions for correction.
  • Explain how blower door testing is conducted and identify the air tightness limits required for Passive House.
  • Describe the documentation requirements needed for Passive House certification and identify how it overlaps with the overall quality assurance process.