Course Description

CanPHI is pleased to offer Canadian and US building professionals the world’s first ever hands-on Builder’s training course for Passive House residential construction using all-natural materials (above grade). This approach will demonstrate exciting new possibilities and set new standards for environmentally sustainable and cost-effective construction, by combining two building revolutions ­ the proven Passive House Standard,
together with prefabrication using cross-laminated timber (CLT). CLT is new to Canada, but is now making waves around the world due to its many distinct advantages over traditional timber frame building, including high-speed construction, extraordinary precision and extreme levels of airtightness. We think it represents the future.

Course topics include:

  • The five fundamental elements of Passive House design
  • Structural design and planning in CLT
  • Simple, natural insulation systems for Passive House performance
  • Achieving extreme airtightness in CLT buildings
  • Thermal bridge-free construction ­ detailing and hands-on examples
  • Window design and installation for Passive House performance
  • Mechanical fastening systems for CLT buildings
  • Built examples: CanPHI case study CLT buildings ­ lessons learned

By the end of this course participants should have the confidence and knowledge to construct a 1- or 2-storey Passive House-quality building envelope using prefabricated CLT elements.

Next Course: January 29th – 31st, 2016

Time: 9am – 5pm

Investment: $1,199 + tx. 

Location: Curran, Ontraio, Canada

About the Course Location

We believe this is first Passive House course in North America ever to be offered in a Passive House-quality building! The course location is Curran, Ontario ­ located between Ottawa and Montreal. Our course training partners are Herrmann Timber Frame Homes Ltd, who are presently finishing a 1400 ft2 dedicated training space at their beautiful new company facility.

Included Wtih The Course


  • All training materials including ....(Suggest listing what training materials are in this list)

  • Site visits to view several local Passive House buildings, including the first multi-residential building in Canada 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, 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 been teaching the CPHD course since 2010, and he runs the international exam across Canada on behalf of PHI. His current specialties are in getting people successfully qualified via the international exam, and also the economics of the Passive House approach, particularly low-budget, affordable design solutions.

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 is 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. is 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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