120A: Passive House Design and Construction - Halifax

24 Jan 2018 @ 9:00am AST
27 Jan 2018 @ 5:00pm AST

120A: Passive House Design and Construction


Course description                                                 

120A: Passive House Design and Construction is a four-day course that covers the technical, economic and policy elements of Passive House buildings. Participants will learn how to apply Passive House principles in the context of building physics, windows and mechanical systems. Numerous case studies, both domestic and international, will be used to demonstrate current best practices and teach concepts of cost assessment. Participants will also have the opportunity to solidify their learning with interactive exercises throughout the course.

120A can be taken as a standalone course even if you don’t intend to write the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam. If you intend to write the exam we strongly recommend you take 120A, 120B and 120C prior to writing the exam.


Day 1

  • Building science and energy use, overview of Passive House principles
  • In-depth look at insulation and airtightness design and construction techniques

Day 2

  • Thermal bridging principles, elimination of thermal bridges through better design and construction
  • Window placement and construction, window components and efficiency

Day 3

  • Ventilation system design principles, components, distribution and operation
  • Heating and cooling a Passive House building, design principles, components, distribution and operation

Day 4

  • Economics of Passive House design and construction, cost and risk reduction, marketability
  • Quality assurance and testing
  • Building certification process


Recommended for

Building industry professionals and individuals who are going to be involved in the design and construction of Passive House buildings or EnerPHit (retrofit) projects, including: architects, engineers, design professionals, site supervisors, general contractors, building inspectors, city planners, homeowners, investors and suppliers of high performance building materials that may be used in Passive House construction.


Prerequisites / required background knowledge

There are no prerequisites for this course, however it will be assumed that the participants can read blueprints and have a basic understanding of construction terminology. This course does include some use of mathematical formulas.

Please note: 110: Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings is not required to take this course.


Learning resources provided                    

  • Course manual
  • Digital copy of course slides  


Course Instructors

The instructor for this course will be Philippe St-Jean.  


Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 28


In Partnership with


*Become a member of the Efficiency Nova Scotia Efficiency Trade Network, it’s free to join.



Receive up to an $800 refund on  your tuition

When you register for 120A: Passive House Design and Construction, January 24 - 27, in Halifax, Efficiency Nova Scotia will provide a $300 cash-back refund on your tuition fee. If you also register for 120B: Understanding and Working with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP), March 01-03, Halifax, Efficiency Nova Scotia will refund $200 of your tuition.

BONUS: You can get an additional $300 cash back if you refer a colleague who registers for 120A.

For information about the discounts, contact Natalie at Efficiency Nova Scotia at 1-877-999-6035 or nirwin@efficiencyns.ca


Looking for financial aid?

Consider applying for the Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive.


Register soon

If insufficient registrations are received by 14 days before this course is scheduled to start, it may be cancelled.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

Important: please read our refund policy, available in our Course and Exam FAQs page. 

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23 Jan 2018
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Non members
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24 Jan 2018 @ 9:00am AST
27 Jan 2018 @ 5:00pm AST

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