Certified Passive House Tradesperson - Building Envelope (CPHT - BE)



Course Fee

4-day in-class and workshop training: $995 + 1 day Exam $350

Optional Exam Fee

$350, including 5 year listing on the international PHI database

Target Participants:

This course is aimed at building contractors working on building envelopes as well as designers and consultants looking to learn the practical skills required of building to the Passive House standard. 

Key Learning Objectives:

By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Define the Passive House Standard
  • Correctly locate and install airtightness and insulation layers in a variety of construction types
  • Correctly install windows while maintaining airtightness, and thermal bridge free construction
  • Conduct blower door testing, and air leakage diagnostics
  • Identify and accurately interpret data from the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)

Course Duration:

This four-day course delivered in partnership with the Passive House Academy, provides the knowledge and practical skills building contractors need to build to the exacting demands of the high performance Passive House Standard. This course focuses on building enclosure optimization, and provides a foundation in passive house principles, while stressing the importance of construction fundamentals and proper sequencing.

Participants will learn building techniques that minimize thermal bridging and maximize airtightness, while being exposed to a variety of high performance materials and components. An introduction to common passive house mechanical systems will be provided, including heat and energy recovery ventilation systems, heat pumps, and solar thermal systems. Participants will split their time between AEA’s interactive classroom and Passive House Tradesperson Training Lab, providing hands-on training with common passive house materials as they construct a passive house building assembly


Combination of classroom lectures and presentations (about 50% of course) as well as practical work and experience in the Passive House building. 

Training Materials: 

High quality color training manuals are provided at course commencement.

Class size:

Class size is typically between 10 and 14 persons.

Optional Exam:

The CPHCT-BE exam is set by the International Passive House Institute and takes place all round the world on pre-determined dates per year. We aim to schedule our training to allow sufficient study time between course completion and the exam dates.

Course Accreditation:

On successfully passing the exam, Participants will receive the internationally recognized accreditation as 'Certified Passive House Tradesperson - Building Envelope Specialist', joining a rapidly expanding global community.


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