Certified Passive House Designer Course 

January 18 – 20 and February 8 – 10, 2019

This 6-day, intensive 2-part course is aimed at 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. 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 several local Passive House projects (see below). See our Course Learning Goals for more details. Total fees for this course are $1550 + GST. Registration is available via the Paypal link below. Note that all course fees are processed via Stich Consulting and Design Inc.

This course is the basis for those seeking qualification as an internationally-recognized Certified Passive House Designer (via the international Exam set by PHI several times per year and offered by CanPHI in Calgary, separate fee required).

Calgary-SkylineNEW: 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 current 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)

  • Site visits to view local Passive House buildings, including the first CLT Passive House built in Alberta, which is also off-grid and targeting PHI Certification

  • 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. He is a PHI-Accredited Certifier of Passive House buildings, and his focus for this course is on affordable design solutions and Passive House economics.

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. Tomaz is now also a PHI-accredited Certifier of Passive House buildings, and he lives with his family in beautiful Invermere, BC.


Register your place here via Paypal