Passive House in the Real World

Online

Length: 4 weeks

Instructor: Mike Duclos

Subjects: Green Building: Passive House, Green Building: Sustainable Building

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Description

Spend four weeks with certified Passive House Consultant Mike Duclos, learning how to apply Passive House principles in the real world. With a brief nod to theory and computation, this course will mainly focus on tips, tricks, pitfalls, and what to expect when making Passive House a reality. Through case studies, videos, readings, quizzes, and Mike’s guidance you will enhance your ability to be a part of a Passive House project team, the most vital component of any successful Passive House project.

Through the lens of existing Passive House projects, expect to learn:

Who Should Take This Course?

If you are an architect, builder, homeowner, utility incentive program designer, government official, or anyone else interested in Passive House, this course is for you. You will learn how to be a productive and vital member of the Passive House project team. If you are a Certified Passive House Consultant but have yet to certify your first house, than this course is also for you. You will learn valuable tips, tricks, and resources to help troubleshoot future projects. You'll also review common pitfalls to avoid.

Prerequisites

Familiarity with common building terminology, or a willingness to self-educate, and basic spreadsheet skills. Critical: an inquiring, open mind, ready to ask questions and challenge common knowledge, current practice, and any statements made in this course.

Learn From a Passive House Expert

Mike Duclos is a principal and founder of The DEAP Energy Group, a consultancy providing a wide variety of deep energy retrofit, zero net energy and Passive House related consulting services. During this course he will share his direct, personal experiences working on Passive House projects.

Continuing Education Credits

This course is approved for the following continuing education credits: AIA LU/HSW, BPI, GBCI, CPHC, and MA CSL.

Flexible Dates Available

If you'd prefer to take the course before or after an official session, Mike can accommodate that, but discussion board responses may be delayed 2-3 days depending on his schedule. If you'd like to pursue this option, please email Tom McCormack (tmccormack@heatspring.com).

Self-Paced Online Course

This online course is both self-serve and self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.

Access Information and Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible for as long as the course is offered on the HeatSpring.com marketplace, with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

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

Self Report with Certificate: 8 AIA LU/HSW Credits, 8 PHIUS CPHC CEUs, 8 GBCI credits (LEED Professionals)

A helpful way to discover the challenges one faces when attempting a rigorous building standard.

- Jer Greene

Great refresher for a CPHC and important new practical information not taught in the CPHC course.

- Frank Karpowicz, CPHC

Instructor

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Mike Duclos

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]

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Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Typically access is extended for much longer.

Week 1 - Setting the Stage – Why Passive House and Why Now?

Topics: Historical context, review of the Passive House Standard, energy language primer, comparison of building rating systems, use of energy modeling to improve performance, how challenging is Passive House space heat demand, Passive House and HERS, case study: a 35+ year old super-insulated home.

Week 2 - Enclosures, Assemblies, and Systems – Through the Lens of Existing Projects

Topics: Psychometrics, moisture control, thermal bridging, ventilation and case studies, environmental impact of insulation, and minimizing that impact, a Passive House in winter without heating, window strategies. Learn from case studies and examples how to optimize these elements of Passive House design, and construction. Most of you have probably watched All About Windows and Passive vs Conventional Floor Planning, but if any have not, they are included here for convenience, it is a good idea to watch them before the remainder of the material. The All About Windows Q+A audio is optional.

Week 3 - Air Tightness, Mechanicals, Lights, and Appliances

Topics: Space heating and cooling approaches, reasons for/against solar DHW and alternatives, the importance of the DHW distribution system drainwater heat recovery, the importance of lights and appliances, with examples from PH in design and completed.

Week 4 - To Certify Or Not To Certify

Topics: Zero Net / Passive House inspired, climate-adapted and traditional standards, evaluation of project potential for PH, organizing a successful project team, common pitfalls, helpful tools and resources. Case studies of Passive House inspired new homes, certified Passive House and Passive House inspired Deep Energy Retrofit.

After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Typically access is extended for much longer without any action needed. If access is removed, contact us for an extension. Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

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