Passive House Fundamentals


6/7, 1-2pm: Airtightness

6/14, 1-2pm: Energy Recovery Ventilation

6/23, 1-2pm: Insulation & Thermal Bridging

6/28, 1-2pm: Windows & Doors



AIA Credits

1 LU|HSW per module

Built on our one-hour Passive House Primer, these four modules take a closer look at the key principles of the high-performance building standard. These courses are ideal for property owners, managers, developers, and anyone interested in an accessible introduction to high-performance construction concepts. Architects, engineers, and design professionals new to Passive House will also benefit from these courses.

Each one-hour module provides additional detail on the fundamentals introduced in the BE-Ex Passive House Primer: airtightness, energy recovery ventilation, insulation & thermal bridging, and windows & doors. Registration allows access to all four modules. Full module schedule is below:

6/7, 1-2pm: Airtightness
This seminar covers the basics of achieving a continuous airtight barrier in retrofits and new construction projects – essential to driving down heating and cooling demand and achieving Passive House certification. A good airtight layer also keeps out pollution, pests, and allergens, and mitigates moisture and mold issues, ensuring excellent indoor air quality and protecting the integrity of building components.

6/14, 1-2pm: Energy Recovery Ventilation
Passive House buildings use balanced ventilation systems with energy recovery to provide a constant flow of fresh, filtered air while continuously exhausting stale air. These systems are ultra-efficient and can recover up to 90% of the heat energy lost in typical buildings. Just as important, these constant fresh air systems ensure that occupants stay comfortable and enjoy excellent indoor air quality, keeping spaces free from odors, pollution, allergens, and other contaminants.

6/23, 1-2pm: Insulation & Thermal Bridging
This course covers the basics of Passive House insulation materials and techniques that improve thermal comfort, cut energy costs, enhance resilience, and extend the lifespan of building components. The module also explains the principles behind thermal bridges – conductive spots that undermine the thermal performance of a building– and offers solutions to take care of them.

6/28, 1-2pm: Windows & Doors
Learn how to select and install high performance window and door products without compromising aesthetics in this seminar. This introductory course is appropriate for learners of all levels and covers basic strategies to achieve energy, comfort, and acoustic benefits associated with Passive House construction.

Anthony Harrington, Vice President, pHdesign. Anthony will be instructing the Airtightness and Windows & Doors modules.
John Rockwell, Architect, Passive House enthusiast, and Technical Sales Engineer for Zehnder America. John will be instructing the Ventilation module.
Todd Kimmel, CPHD, CDT, NYC Architectural Manager, ROCKWOOL. Todd will be instruction the Insulation & Thermal Bridging module.

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This training was developed in partnership with PHN– the Passive House network – as part of a comprehensive pathway of Passive House education and certification. Learn more about PHN’s courses here.


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