Using PHPP in Passive House Design and Certification

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In this 8 week online course, participants will learn how to use the PHPP for residential building design and certification. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the relevant worksheets, while learning the correct conventions for measurements and calculations. Proper documentation will also be covered in detail. A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting PHPP calculations for building certification. This course is equivalent to the 3 day in-class course.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the structure, inputs, and outputs of PHPP software
  2. Select and input appropriate climate data sets in PHPP
  3. Measure and record building characteristics (areas, volumes, etc)
  4. Specify building assemblies and components
  5. Model HVAC systems
  6. Assess building heat loss, energy demand and summertime overheating risk
  7. Understand proper sourcing of performance data
  8. Gain practical experience in completing a PHPP assessment for a residential development

Intended Audience: Architects, developers, self-builders and other building professionals.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of excel, familiarity with reading construction drawings, and a general understanding of low energy buildings is expected. Participants who lack one or more of these may find it difficult to keep up with the course material and exercises.

Course Requirements: Laptop with a take-off program (CAD, PDF etc), PHPPv9 software, and the PHPP manual. For drawings take-offs, either your own software can be used or you can download the free Autodesk Design Review from http://usa.autodesk.com/design-review/. Note that AutoDesk Design Review does not work on Macs. You can either use Windows for Mac, or download an alternative CAD mark-up program.

Schedule: The course is structured into 4 sessions over the course of 8 weeks. Each session requires about 5-8 hours of commitment. You are invited to complete the sessions at your own pace but it is recommended to keep a schedule of 2 weeks per session. Access to the online platform will begin upon enrollment and will end 8 weeks after. The course is currently open for continuous enrollment.

Further Education Training: The Intro to PHPP course is recognized by PHI as further education training for Certified Passive House Tradespersons with 22 CPs under the ID: K028-2018-CA. If you require a confirmation of completion please email: training@peelpassivehouse.ca

See: https://service.passivehouse.com/en/profis/advance..

iPHA affiliated members discount: A 10% discount is available for iPHA affiliated members. Please email: training@peelpassivehouse.ca for coupon code.

CSC Ottawa members discount: A 10% discount is available for CSC Ottawa members. Please email training@peelpassivehouse.ca for coupon code.


Your Instructor


Andrew Peel
Andrew Peel
Andrew is a seasoned Passive House trainer, consultant, and building certifier accredited by the German Passive House Institute. His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, programme management, technical and non-technical articles and publications, course and lecture delivery, and technical research. He has been delivering high quality educational courses for over 19 years, including 9 years of PH training, both for Passive House Canada and independently.
Andrew has a tremendous depth of knowledge and experience in building energy performance and technology assessment and modelling. This includes managing the UK Government’s innovative carbon saving technologies scheme and the Energy Saving Trust’s Best Practice Helpline. He also had the good fortune of working at the Passive House Institute, developing algorithms for the PHPP.
Andrew is a board member of Passive House Canada and tireless, passionate advocate for Passive House.


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