Introduction to Passive House Trades2023-04-24T13:54:21-04:00

Introduction to Passive House Trades

Get ready to design buildings to meet the high-performance needs of the future.

  • 4 Hours of Content

  • 4 AIA LU|HSW Credits

  • On-Demand

  • Live-Online

  • In-Person

Course Overview

The Introduction to Passive House Trades will broadly cover the following topics: Passive House basics, review typical construction types, windows and installation, air barriers and insulation and new, innovative PH products. It is crucial when working on Passive House buildings to properly install components, understand how to correctly implement design details and assess and plan for the current and future performance of the building. This live online course is accompanied by mini video tutorials for various PH product installations, plus incorporates actual building of Passive House details relevant to the US construction industry.

Why attend this course?

  • Learn Passive House standards and their implementation during construction.
  • Discover best practices for passive house design implementation

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the five key principles of Passive House projects.

  • Summarize typical materials and methods used for insulation and air barriers on Passive House projects.
  • Explain challenging details seen on wood and steel framed construction projects and propose solutions on how these can be overcome.
  • Describe the common approaches for air barrier application and insulation installation on residential and commercial projects.
  • Explain systems that can be used to provide space conditioning and ventilation on Passive House projects.
  • Describe how lighting selections and lighting controls impact electrical energy usage on a project.
  • Summarize the differences between quality control vs. quality assurance, along with attributes of each concept.
  • Describe the documentation requirements needed for Passive House certification and identify how it overlaps with the overall quality assurance process.


  • Passive House Basics
  • Typical construction types
  • Windows and installations
  • Air barriers and insulation
  • New and innovative PH products
  • Wood framed construction types and details
  • Wood frames hands-on demo videos
  • Air barriers and insulation
  • Space conditioning system options
  • Ventilation systems and common challenges
  • Plumbing and domestic hot water systems
  • Electrical lighting and controls
  • QA/QC concepts and procedures
  • Identifying what is wrong and corrections
  • Blower door testing and finding air leaks
  • Documentation for submitting to certifying body

Who Should Attend

This course was developed for a wide range of student profiles including construction managers, general contractors, developers, electricians, plumbers, HVAC specialists, and other tradespeople within the construction industry or similar fields.

  • General Contractor
  • Electricians

  • Plumbers

  • HVAC Specialists

  • Tradespeople

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Which course option is right for you?

Take a look below to see how each option is unique. 


Anywhere. Anytime.

starting at $156

  • Course Forum

  • No commute
  • Any-time
  • Instant Access
  • 180 day access 


Anywhere. Synchronous.

starting at $156

  • One 4-hour Session

  • Meet your Peers
  • No commute
  • Quick-Pace
  • Great for Groups and Teams
  • Sessions not recorded

Course Schedule


Things to Know

Course Completion Requirements

For PHN On-Demand courses all lessons, topics, and quizzes must be marked complete; any required webinars must be attended; AND the post-training survey must be completed.

For In-Person & Live-Online single day courses, 100% attendance is required to receive a course completion certificate.

For In-Person & Live-Online multi-day courses, no more than 2 hours can be missed to receive a course completion certificate.

Continuing Education Credits

Courses with continuing education credits (AIA or PHI) are noted in the course details section.

AIA credits for Live-Online and In-Person Courses will be reported to AIA by PHN if a participant provides their AIA number during registration. All other participants can use the certificate of completion to report continuing education credits either to AIA, or other agencies that recognize the AIA CE credits.

PHI credits are self-reporting. Find out a courses PHI course number. Report PHI credits.

Technical Requirements

Live-Online and On-Demand courses require a personal computer or laptop with a good internet connection speeds and audio listening capabilities. A web-camera is optional but preferred for Live-Online sessions.

In-Person courses do not require laptops or other devices, unless specifically mentioned. Although a laptop, or other note-taking equipment (pen and paper) are encouraged.

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