Comprehensive, affordable professional training in the world’s most ambitious and most verified building standard is now available here online.

Course duration: 

6 full days (classroom equivalent)

Designed for:

Architects, builders, designers, trades persons, planners, municipal officials, students … and homeowners!

About CanPHI:

CanPHI has been running successful and highly-rated Passive House training courses across Canada since 2010. Since then we’ve trained hundreds of architects, builders, designers, planners and homeowners, so we’ve developed greater expertise at presenting this revolutionary and challenging curriculum to Canadians than any other organization .

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What you will learn during this course.

Access our wealth of design and construction experience online, and learn at your own pace at a fixed low price, with no stress, no travel and no accommodation costs. In this comprehensive online training course you’ll learn:

  • All the core science behind the revolutionary Passive House approach, including optimizing building shape, proven superinsulation strategies, radical airtightness techniques, thermal bridge-free construction, ultra high-performance windows and über-efficient ventilation systems
  • Hundreds of viable construction solutions and further references are provided to assist you in achieving world-leading Passive House performance in your new or renovated building
  • We include a wealth of project Case Studies from prominent Passive House designers across the country, in detailed presentations of their recent Canadian new-build and renovation projects, including design challenges faced
  • Economics as key to the Passive House approach i.e. cost optimization through appropriate design, including downsized heating and cooling systems.
  • Building Science for Passive Houses is included in this course as an important separate Module (details here)
  • Exercises and examples are found throughout the course, to assist rapid learning
  • Check out our Course Learning Goals

What can you expect from this course?

  • We’ve taken apart the challenging Passive House curriculum and re-assembled it into 13 Modules – a total of 90 new training videos, ranging from 3 to 35 minutes duration, to make the best use of your limited time
  • This course is the basis for professional qualification as a Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant (if desired)
  • We use cutting-edge adaptive streaming (HLS) via the industry-leading Wistia platform to deliver the best possible version of each learning video at any given time, with the player automatically choosing the highest quality available to you without buffering
  • Each major Module includes a Quiz at the end (7 in total), to assess your learning progress as you go through the course and get an overall final score
  • You’ll have full access to the training videos and quizzes for five weeks (35 days) from the date of your registration
  • This is a wealth of directly useful and applicable advice from the past 20 years of Passive House construction worldwide – accessing and learning this material has never been easier or more efficient
  • Fully updated for 2019 with the latest Passive House R&D
  • See the course FAQs for more information
  • Useful resource downloads are included for each Module, in PDF format
  • On finishing the course and Quizzes you’ll be emailed a personalized Certificate of Attendance, with which you can claim 45 hours of learning credits from your professional association

How much time do I need for this certification training?

There is a total of 90 training videos ranging from 3 to 35 minutes.

Upon signing up for this course, you will have X days to watch X hours of training videos and complete the course.

If you are unable to complete and pass the course in this time frame, you can request an extension.



Who delivers the course material?

Malcolm Isaacs is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Ottawa, who’s worked in the energy efficiency field as a professional engineer, designer, builder, researcher and writer for over 25 years. He’s a Passive House pioneer in Canada, and in 2005 he designed and built the first house in the country to Passive House specifications.

Malcolm co-founded CanPHI in 2010, having worked extensively at the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. He’s since become the most experienced and accomplished Passive House educator in Canada, having taught the CPHD course across the country since 2010. His current specialties include the economics of the Passive House approach, particularly affordable design solutions. He has consulted on Passive House projects across the country, and he’s the principal of a Quebec-based construction and consulting company which delivers affordable prefabricated solutions in CLT and other natural materials.

Malcolm is a vigorous promoter of radical energy conservation, and in this capacity he has presented at many international Passive House, sustainable building and architectural conferences. In 2017 he became a PHI-accredited Passive House Certifier, and is currently developing affordable designs for co-housing projects.

What past attendees say

CanPHI’s Passive House design course has inspired us with new goals and has changed our approach to all our projects…!

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Richard PricePresident, Construction Le Tournesol, Montréal, QC

Thank you very much!  The online course was extremely interesting and informative.


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Brock WilsonCET, OAAAS  Cornwall, Ontario
The online course is really detailed and fantastic!
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Haobo LiuEngineer, Stantec, Vancouver BC
Hey there – I passed my Passive House exam!  Thanks for the online courses and great preparation!
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Robert HawEngineer, California USA
The CanPHI course was my best course ever! I went back to work with my mind full of new information and ideas I’d never considered.
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Anne WinkelmannDipl.Eng; building engineer, Sherbrooke, Québec
Thanks so much for a great course. The online format was very well done and highly informative.
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Alexandra GadawskiHMFH Architects, MA  USA
Thank you for everything – it was a great online course. With your guidance and extended support, I have successfully passed the Certified Passive House Examination.
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Suyog LikhiteM. Eng. (High Performance Buildings) UBC, Vancouver, BC

Training Packages

You can choose to enroll in just the Passive House Design Construction Course or bundle this comprehensive course with our other course offerings.

Purchase Passive House Design & Construction Course

Purchase the Passive House Design & Construction Course only. 


Purchase Passive House Design & Construction Course + PHPP Intro Bundle

Purchase the Passive House Design & Construction Course and PHPP Intro Bundle (valued at $$698).