Certified Passive House Designer Course

October 26 – 28 and November 9 – 11, 2017

Location: Toronto, ON 

This 6-day, intensive 2-part course has been developed over the past 7 years for Canadian building professionals, contractors, planners and homeowners who are motivated to learn the world’s most advanced building efficiency standard. Our course covers the core science behind the revolutionary Passive House approach, including optimizing building shape, superinsulation, thermal bridge-free construction, ultra high-performance windows and ventilation systems, and cost minimization through appropriate design of downsized heating and cooling systems. The course also includes practical exercises and examples using the PHPP design software. We now include important building science analysis and introduce online tools for cold climate construction analysis, covering appropriate design for moisture safety in super insulated building assemblies.

We introduce design challenges and details from many Canadian Passive House projects, showing a range of suitable solutions for our climate and building culture, and we include a tour of four local Passive House projects (see below). See our Course Learning Goals for more details.

We’re pleased to continue a  $100 decrease in course fees – the early bird course fee is now $1345 + GST (rising to $1445 from August 1, 2017) – we believe this is the best value for any Passive House designer course, anywhere! This course is the basis for those seeking qualification as an internationally-recognized Certified Passive House Designer. Candidates will have plenty of preparation time for the scheduled December 1, 2017 international exam (offered in Toronto or Calgary, separate fee required). Note that all course fees are processed by Construction Maison Passive Inc.

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Passive House Designer's in training

NEW: We include new construction options for Passive House using prefabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT) elements. Our course includes hands-on site videos and construction details for 3 of our recent CLT Passive House projects  – we at CanPHI feel this high-speed, simpler approach to building represents the best current option for achieving Passive House quality, and reducing project risk.

Certified Passive House Designer Badge

Included with the Course

  • All training materials including course binder, case study examples, extensive CD file of background material, contacts for materials and components suppliers. (note that the PHPP design software is not included in the course fee but can be purchased separately)

  • Guided site visits to view four local Passive House buildings, including the first multi-residential building in Canada targeting PHI Certification, and the first Passive House commercial building

  • Study fuel (aka: coffee / tea & snacks)

Meet Your Instructors

Malcolm Issac

Malcolm Isaacs

Malcolm Isaacs is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Ottawa, and a Passive House pioneer in Canada. In 2005 he designed and built the first house in the country to Passive House specifications, located in Wakefield, QC, in which he lives. Malcolm co-founded CanPHI in 2010 and has worked extensively at the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. He’s the most experienced and accomplished Passive House educator in Canada, having taught the CPHD course in locations across Canada since 2010, and he’s run the international CPHD exam on behalf of PHI since 2013. His focus is on the development of affordable design solutions for Passive House, and in helping candidates of all backgrounds and abilities pass the challenging international exam.

Tomaz Stich

Tomaz Stich

Tomaz Stich grew up in Germany and worked a full apprenticeship in cabinet making before taking a 4-year diploma in wood engineering at the prestigious Hildesheim Institute of Applied Sciences, with graduate research work in wood structures at the Institite for Wood Technology Research in Stockholm, Sweden. Fluent in four languages, Tomaz qualified as a Certified Passive House Designer in 2009, when this qualification first became available, and he’s now working as a structural and Passive House designer and builder in multiple projects across Canada, with a specialty in CLT design. He lives with his family in beautiful Invermere, BC.

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Our next Ottawa course will be in September/October 2017



What Past Attendees Say

  • CanPHI’s Passive House course was extremely enlightening and thought-provoking. The concept should become a world standard for construction….any other type of building is a waste of resources in building materials and energy consumption!

    Mary Haggarty
    Architectural Designer Trenton, ON
  • The Passive House concept makes a lot of sense to me. The idea of optimizing the building envelope instead of having a conventional heating system is very basic, logic and innovative too! CanPHI’s course clearly explains how it’s possible to build this kind of house here in Canada, where we definitely need it!

    Sébastien Carle, Ing.
    Building Engineer, Amos, QC
  • A passion for quality and best possible housing performance led me to Passive House. What I learned, in the comprehensive training and with the excellent support during my first project, is that Passive House also delivers priceless features including added comfort, health and durability. read more

    Garth Hood
    Thoughtful Dwellings, Fredericton, N.B.
  • It was exciting and highly motivational to be amongst a very enthusiastic group of fellow students who will represent Canada’s future leaders in the best new home building standard in the world.  Having CanPHI’s specialized instructors bring forth their educational knowledge and extensive experience made this the most valuable training program I’ve ever had the opportunity to participate in suit.

    Wayne Perehudoff
    Energy Consultant, City of Medicine Hat, AB
  • It was a complete game changer for me and for my company. It has catapulted me ahead of the pack to being a leader and innovator in building the future of the construction industry. Passive House just makes sense for many reasons: environment, financial, and above all buildings that are more comfortable and healthy to live in. I highly recommend CanPHI’s Passive House Design Course. read more

    Tim Naugler
    Owner, Southern Exposure Construction Inc, Fredericton , NB