120B: Understanding and Working with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) - Victoria

16 Nov 2017 @ 9:00am PST
18 Nov 2017 @ 5:00pm PST

120B: Understanding and Working with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)


Course description                                                 

Understanding and Working with PHPP will enable you to take on your first Passive House project. It provides step-by-step instruction for using the PHPP energy modelling software, which is essential for designing a Passive House building.

Participants will learn the structure, inputs and outputs of PHPP, and how to select appropriate climate data sets and record building measurements. The course includes modelling a sample Canadian project, where participants will assess building heat loss, energy demand and summertime overheating risk, as well as looking at the reliability of data sources and how design decisions impact the building energy demand.

Day 1

  • Introduction and overview of PHPP, treated floor areas and U-values for assemblies
  • Heat loss areas and thermal bridging calculations

Day 2

  • Ground calculations and energy implications
  • Window components and inputs, shading, ventilation volumes and airflow

Day 3

  • Heating demand and load, summer cooling requirements and ventilation
  • Domestic hot water energy, electrical and other energy demands, renewable energy (PER)


Recommended for

  • Those who will be directly involved in the design, construction and energy modelling of Passive House buildings, including architects, engineers and design professionals.
  • Anyone pursuing the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant designation


Learning resources provided                    

  • Course manual
  • PHPP demonstration files
  • Digital copy of course slides


Prerequisites/required knowledge and equipment/software

  • 120A: Passive House Design and Construction, or equivalent                                                 
  • Laptop with Microsoft Excel or equivalent installed (PHPP is Excel based), mouse recommended
  • Area measurement software such as Autodesk Design Review (free) or Bluebeam Revu (free trial)
  • Although PHPP demonstration files will be provided for use during the course, we recommend you purchase the PHPP software prior to attending the course. The PHPP manual is provided with the purchase of the software and is useful in understanding all of the features. PHPP can be purchased on our website; please allow at least one week for shipping.


Course instructor

The instructor for this course will be Michael Nemeth.


Learning resources provided              

  1. Course manual
  2. PHPP demonstration files
  3. Digital copy of course slides


Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 21

AIBC Core Learning Units: 16.25

PIBC Organized & Structured CPL Units: 19.5

BC Housing (HPO) Training Hours: 21.00

APEG credits: self-reported


Cancelation and Refund Policy

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

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
Part B - Member
15 Nov 2017
Sale Ended
Part B - Non-member
15 Nov 2017
Sale Ended

16 Nov 2017 @ 9:00am PST
18 Nov 2017 @ 5:00pm PST

Google Calendar

  • Lower Boardroom, SANDMAN HOTEL VICTORIA, 2852 Douglas Street, Victoria BC V8T 4M5