Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Training, July 23, 8:30 am - July 27, 5:00 pm, Newton, MA

  • 23 July 2018 To 27 July 2018
  • Start time : 08:30 AM
  • End time : 05:00 PM
  • Event Location : 151R Adams Street, Newton, MA, United States
Event Description

NAPHN’s (North American Passive House Network) Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant course is the premier training program for Passive House building professionals. Supported by a 25+ year history of global technical leadership by the Passive House Institute, and over 7 years of successful American instruction, from Maine to California, by the Passive House Academy – this course is specifically designed to teach the international Passive House Standard to American professionals making Passive House buildings in the U.S. construction industry.

With 5 days of in-class instruction, and additional e-learning modules that can be completed at one’s own pace, participants will get a thorough grounding in the critical aspects of Passive House design and construction. Participants will be able to apply the lessons learned directly to their real-world work experience, and join a team in making Passive House buildings. On successfully passing the exam, participants will receive a five year registration as an internationally accredited Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant.

This course is for all building professionals: architects, MEP and structural engineers, builders and construction managers working in the design and construction of new build and retrofit Passive House buildings.

This course is provided in collaboration with the Passive House Academy (PHA), the Passive House Institute (PHI), and NYPHand is accredited by the AIA for 35 LUs.

Contact NAPHN by email: or by phone: 929-376-8537 with any questions.

Registration/Ticket Options: Click Here to Register
Full Course Package: $2,250.00 – 5 day in-class, plus online modules, PHPP software, exam & 5 year professional registration.

Full Course Package/Member Only: $2,000.00 – Full course package is available at a discounted rate to members of NAPHN affiliates. For a list of affiliates, see here.

No Exam Package: $1,850.00 – 5 day in-class, plus online modules and PHPP software. (Exam & 5 year professional registration will be a separate registration and $500 charge.)

No Exam Package/Member Only: $1,750.00 – 5 day in-class, plus online modules and PHPP software is available at a discounted rate to members of NAPHN affiliates. For a list of affiliates, see here. (Exam & 5 year professional registration will be a separate registration and $500 charge.)

In-class schedule:
Day 1: Introduction to Passive House principles and economics, with an in-depth look at enclosure insulation & thermal bridging: principles, calculations, details, systems and components.
Day 2: Enclosure airtightness and windows: principles, calculations, details, systems and components.
Day 3: Ventilation, heating, cooling, dehumidification and domestic hot water: principles, calculations, details, systems and components.
Day 4: PHPP energy model and calculating building energy balance.
Day 5: Retrofits, certifications and exam preparation.
Online Modules:
Nine online modules reinforce, and expand on, the classroom work – completed at the participant’s pace:

Module 1: Energy Balance & Calculations
Module 2: Insulated Opaque Envelope
Module 3: Airtightness & Thermal Imaging
Module 4: Designing a Passive House
Module 5: Thermal Bridging
Module 6: Windows
Module 7(a): Ventilation
Module 7(b): Heating & Cooling
Module 8: Economics
Module 9: PHPP
About the Location
151R Adams Street, Newton, MA 02458

Educate yourself at the first PHIUS+ Pre-Certified Passive Learning Facility in Massachusetts.
” ” (SHPDC) in Newton, Massachusetts is the first of its kind, a brand-new learning facility retrofitted from a concrete block structure to a certified passive office facility. To those of us in the industry, the term high-performance building has a precise definition. It is a structure with an airtight and super-insulated building envelope. It has appropriately sized, installed, and commissioned heating and air-conditioning systems. Because it’s airtight, it also has a balanced mechanical ventilation. The result is a facility that is comfortable, healthy, durable, and energy efficient.


The exam occurs four times each year globally: on a day in March, in June, in October and in December. Exact dates and more information on the exam is available here.

The current version of the PHPP energy model will be provided and registered to the attending participant for use in class – and any subsequent professional work.

The designation “Designer” is reserved for architects, engineers and similarly specialized building professionals. The “Consultants” designation is for non-specialized professionals and others. A more detailed guideline can be found here.)

Contact NAPHN (North American Passive House Network) by email: or by phone: 929-376-8537.

Disclaimer: By schedule and financial necessity, this course is not meant to produce fully formed Passive House professionals, but rather form a foundation of knowledge that the professional can then take and build on with a lifetime of learning. This is a five day intensive course, with accompanying 3 day equivalent of online teaching, in the basic building science and learning objectives which provides specific knowledge to begin working as a Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant.

Please note: NAPHN reserves the right to cancel or postpone this course at any time. We generally will give registrants 2 weeks notice prior to the course if we need to make any changes.

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