Passive House is justifiably regarded to be the most energy efficient building standard in the world, as well as the most challenging to meet.
Spend seven weeks with Mike Duclos, Principal and Founder of DEAP Energy Group, learning how to meet the rigorous (and non-negotiable) Passive House design criteria and make Passive House happen in the real world.
During Passive House Design you will learn:
- How to design a home that meets Passive House Space Heating and Primary Energy requirements. You will actually do this as your Capstone Project.
- Products & Strategies for designing a passive house in the real world: thermal bridging, above-grade walls, windows and doors, roofs, mechanical systems, and more.
- Building Science issues encountered in Passive House design and construction that you may not run into in conventional design and construction.
- Solutions for very low energy home designs using a variety of calculators for feedback in exploring different aspects of the design space.
This course moves beyond theory into the realm of practical application and hands-on learning. At the end of the course, Mike challenges you to design a home using a simplified adaptation of the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) to meet the most challenging design criteria: Passive House Space Heating and Primary Energy requirements.
Mike Duclos takes a hands-on approach to teaching, and is committed to providing the tools required to help design Passive House in the real world. The material and exercises will challenge you theoretically and practically, but Mike will be there every step of the way to provide insights and direction through the course discussion board. Familiarity with spreadsheets is a prerequisite, and students must have access to the current version of the PHPP.
Students should be comfortable using Excel spreadsheets because it is an important part of the course.
You will explore the impacts of different Passive House design decisions using a simplified version of the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP).
Sample Floor Plans Included
Students are encouraged to design their own structures, but sample floor plans are included for your reference and use on future projects.
Required: Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) - Version 8.5 or Newer - System International (Metric)
In order to utilize Mike's PHPP Lite add-on the the PHPP, students will need to have access to the latest version of the software. This is not included in the price of the course. Link: https://foursevenfive.com/product/phpp/
Self-Paced Online Course
This course is self-paced and entirely online. The lecture videos and other materials are available any time, and the instructor responds to student questions through a discussion board during the posted session dates. In order to participate, you will need an Internet connection and an up-to-date web browser. You can earn continuing education credits by completing all course assignments by the session end date.
Supported by Student Advocate – Tom McCormack
In addition to instructor support via the discussion board, students have access to Tom McCormack, HeatSpring's Student Advocate. He is available to answer general questions via email, course discussion board, or chat.
Earn a Certificate of Completion
When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.
Earn Continuing Education Credits
Approved for: 10 PHIUS CPHC CEUs
17.5 Building Performance Institute (BPI) CEUs
10 AIA LU/HSW Credits
6 GBCI credits (LEED Professionals)
Principal, DEAP Energy Group, LLC
Mike Duclos is a principal and founder of The DEAP Energy Group, LLC, a consultancy providing a wide variety of Deep Energy Retrofit, Zero Net Energy and Passive House related consulting services.
Mike was an energy consultant on the Transformations, Inc. Zero Energy Challenge entry, and has worked on a variety of Zero Net Energy, DER and Passive House projects,...[more]