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This one day foundation course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the elements of the Passive House design, which leads to cost effective, low energy buildings with increased occupant comfort and reduced mechanical systems.
Passive house design fundamentals
Super insulated envelopes
Methods for achieving extreme air tightness
Passive house quality windows
Leading ventilation design principles
Passive house economics and costs
The design and construction of high-performance buildings, driven by updated energy codes, and energy-efficient building programs including Passive House, is becoming increasingly popular across North America. As a result, the construction industry is starting to see many new and innovative enclosures being incorporated into the full spectrum of building types, ranging from single-family homes to taller wood frame and non-combustible high-rise buildings. Many of these buildings have been designed following Passive House design principles and are potentially pursuing Passive House certification. These thermally efficient, airtight, and durable building enclosure designs have evolved from existing North American practices with many new materials that have been introduced or imported into the local market in recent years. These materials include new air barrier systems, improved tapes and sealants, thermally efficient cladding supports, and unique fasteners, along with higher performing fenestration and insulation products. Many new prefabricated building enclosure systems have also been developed and successfully integrated into recent projects.
This full-day seminar will provide an in-depth overview of new and innovative high-performance building enclosures that are being designed and constructed for buildings across North America, ranging from single-family homes to large commercial buildings, with a focus on walls, roofs, and window systems. The seminar will start with an introduction of the requirements and design principles for Passive House building enclosure assemblies and details. Next, new research will be presented on the evaluation of exterior insulation cladding supports and details to minimize thermal bridging, along with the tested real-world performance of various new air barrier materials and systems. Durable, highly insulated roof and roof deck assemblies will be covered along with a review of roofing material selection and problematic detailing. Finally, high-performance glazing systems will be discussed, along with information on the selection of efficient and durable glazing products and window assemblies meeting North American and European standards. Numerous case studies will be presented to demonstrate how new and innovative building enclosures have been integrated into various projects ranging from mid-rise wood frame buildings and prefabricated Passive House buildings, to towering wood, concrete, and steel structures.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Understand building enclosure design fundamentals for high-performance and Passive House building enclosures, including the control of heat, air, water, and vapour.
Become familiar with many different higher R-value wall and roof designs and the various material selection and detailing considerations for each.
Understand and assess the merits of exterior insulation and alternate cladding attachment strategies for high R-value walls.
See how different prefabricated steel, concrete, and wood wall systems have been incorporated into building enclosure designs.
Recognize various different air barrier systems and materials, and understand how to detail different air barrier approaches.
Be aware of the strategies and solutions for large building airtightness testing.
Understand the technical properties for glass, insulating glazing units, and window frames for use in high-performance buildings.
120 Passive House Design and Construction: Part A
Passive House Principles
Prerequisites / required background knowledge
There are no prerequisites for this course, however it will be assumed that the participants can read blueprints and have a basic understanding of construction terminology. This course does include some use of mathematical formulas.
Please note that “110 Introduction to Passive House Design and Construction” is not required prior to taking this course.
Architects, engineers and design professionals who are likely to be involved in the design and construction of Passive House buildings
Site supervisors and general contractors on Passive House projects
Homeowners and investors who will be involved in the design and construction of Passive House buildings or EnerPHit retrofit projects
Building inspectors and city planners
Suppliers of high performance building materials that may be used in Passive House construction
Those requiring a moderately technical understanding of the design and construction requirements for Certified Passive House buildings
120 Passive House Design & Construction provides in-depth instruction on the design and construction of Passive House buildings. The course is offered in three modules:
Part A: Passive House Principles
Part B: Energy Modeling with PHPP
Part C: Online Exam Prep Module and/or 2-Day In-Class Exam Prep Course
Part A can be taken as a standalone course even if you don’t intend to write the exam. If you intend to write the Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant Exam we strongly recommend you take Parts A, B, and C.
Part A is a four-day, in-class, course that covers the technical, societal, economic, and policy elements of the Passive House Standard. Instruction will include details and technical advice on design and construction of buildings to meet the Standard. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to apply Passive House principles in the context of building physics, windows and mechanical systems. Numerous case studies, both domestic and international, will be used to demonstrate current best practices and teach concepts of cost assessment that are best suited to high performance investments. Participants will have the opportunity to solidify their learning with interactive exercises throughout the course.
Building science and energy use, overview of the Passive House principles
In-depth look at Insulation and Airtightness design and construction techniques
Thermal Bridging principles, elimination of thermal bridges through better design and construction
Window placement and construction, window components and efficiency
Ventilation system design principles, components, distribution and operation
Heating and cooling a Passive House building. Design principles, components, distribution and operation.
Economics of Passive House design and construction. Cost and risk reduction, marketability.
Quality assurance and testing
Building certification process
The Passive House Design and Construction Course is aimed at all current and aspiring building industry professionals who are motivated to learn how to build to the world’s most advanced and energy efficient construction standard.
This foundation course is offered in three modules:
Part A: Passive House Principles
Part B: Energy Modeling with PHPP
Part C: Online Exam Prep Module (self-paced)
Each module can be taken separately, or they can be taken together in a combination that meets your needs. If you intend to write the Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant Exam we strongly recommend you take Parts A, B, and C. You may also choose to take the 2 day in-class Exam Prep Course if it is offered in your region.
Part B (3 days in class): July 27, 28, 29
Part B is meant to enable you to take on your first Passive House project. This segment of the course offers a step by step guide to using Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) to design to the Passive House standard. Participants will model a sample project in PHPP. It is recommended you take Part B if you intend to write the Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant exam as some PHPP competency may be tested and examinees are required to supply a valid PHPP registration number.
Intended Audience: All those that will be directly involved in the design and construction of Passive House projects.
If you wish to take Part B we recommend you purchase the PHPP software prior to attending the course. The PHPP manual is provided with the purchase of the software. PHPP can be purchased on our website here.