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What is Passive House?

The term passive house (from German Passivhaus) refers to a rigorous design and building standard  that focuses on the building envelope and  results in cost-effective, low energy homes, with less complex heating and cooling systems. The Passive House standard has grown rapidly since its inception, with now over 40,000 homes worldwide having been built to its specifications. Its design uses these techniques in an aim to achieve an 80% – 90% energy performance savings for each building constructed, and has been applied to many building types including homes, schools, grocery stores and commercial office buildings.

The Passive House standard is the perfect complement to the CaGBC’s core mission of making every building greener, which is why we are proud to be working with the Canadian Passive House Institute to offer the first one day course of its kind in Canada.

Passive house course being delivered by the CaGBC Cascadia Chapter, April 11, 2014. Register Now.

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) would like you to join us in learning about a growing new green building standard in Canada. With our intensive one day Passive House course, expert instructors from the Canadian Passive House Institute will provide advanced knowledge of state-of-the-art air barrier design, air sealing, super insulated envelopes, as well as leading edge ventilation design and glazing characteristics that can be applied on many projects, not just those pursuing the passive standard.

In just eight hours attendees learn the fundamentals to designing and constructing a building that uses 90% less energy for heating and cooling than a typical structure, and come away with some solid guidelines on  how to approach a passive house project.

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at anyone involved in sustainability or energy efficiency in the built environment, but especially:

  • Builders of multifamily buildings, and medium sized commercial buildings.
  • Designers and consultants of commercial buildings.
  • Architectural and engineering companies looking to address the energy or environmental needs of residential and commercial clients.
  • Municipal officials looking to forge a path beyond current building codes.

Taking this course will introduce you to all significant Passive House design elements, including:

  • Passive House history and context
  • Design fundamentals
  • Super insulated building envelopes
  • Achieving extreme air tightness
  • Choosing Passive House-quality windows
  • Leading ventilation design fundamentals
  • Passive House economics and costs
  • Local case study examples

For more detailed information on the design fundamentals that encompass Passive House, visit the  Canadian Passive House Institute’s website.

To find the next course date in your area, visit the CaGBC Course Calendar.


Member = $279
Chapter Member = $319
Non-Member = $379

For more information

Call:  (866) 941-1184 ext. 1033

If you are interested in taking this course in your area, please fill out the contact us form below. You can also discover other CaGBC green building education here.

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