External Event: Advanced PHPP for Large Passive House Buildings Workshop

November 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Date:               Wednesday, November 28, 2018 to Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time:              9:00am to 5:00pm

Location:        RDH Building Science Inc. – 4333 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5C 6S6

 In this interactive, two-day course, participants will delve into intricate aspects of building energy modelling in PHPP. A key focus will be on HVAC systems, with an in-depth look at the heating, cooling and DHW systems. Effective methods for using PHPP to support the iterative design process will also be explored. Learning will be supported by a practical case study involving modelling and analysis of a multi-story, mixed-use residential building.

To provide enhanced benefit, participants will be given the opportunity to submit questions prior to the course. At least one question from each participant will be addressed on Day Two of the course.

Hosted at RDH Building Science’s office, subject matter expert, Monte Paulsen will participate in course discussions to lend his expertise and insights from past projects.

AIBC Core Learning Units

 Through the completion of this course, architects and architectural technologists can earn 13 Core Learning Units, designated by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC).


Andrew Peel

Learning Objectives

  • Develop advanced modelling techniques for HVAC and DHW.
  • Practice modelling multiple systems in a single PHPP.
  • Determine reduction factors for unheated spaces.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot common and not so common PHPP errors.
  • Understand common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Explore how to use PHPP effective to support the iterative design process.

Participants will gain expertise in:

  • Thermal bridging: working with unique details and 3D penetrations.
  • Heat loss through sanitary and rain pipes: an updated methodology.
  • Parkades and other unheated spaces.
  • Curtain walls.
  • Review of important conventions.
  • Heat pumps: air source and DHW.
  • Space cooling equipment.
  • DHW storage losses.
  • Modelling multiple HVAC systems in a single PHPP.
  • Modelling mixed-use buildings.
  • Electrical equipment: translating performance figures into PHPP inputs.
  • Diagnostic tools.
  • Questions answered.


Participants must have at least two to three days of PHPP training (ex: Passive House Canada Part B) and experience working with PHPP on an actual building project. Participants who lack one or more of these may find it difficult to keep up with the course material and exercises.

Best Suited For

This course is best suited for experienced PHPP users. Peel Passive House may require evidence of experience following registration, in order to ensure maximum benefit for all participants.


Subject-matter expert from RDH Building Science will join the workshop to present on local project examples. Participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights through intimate group discussions with our RDH guest speaker.

Course Requirements

Participants arrive prepared with their own laptop, PHPP v9.9 and PHPP manual.



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