Course Description

This course is offered in partnership with Passive House Canada

Course Description:

This course 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.

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

Course Outline

What to expect:

  • You will have 11 three-hour online synchronous and interactive lectures (two per week), which you will join live.
  • You will need internet access and a computer with speakers and microphone to participate.
  • Lectures will be recorded for your subsequent review.
  • You will complete short online assignments to improve your understanding of content.
  • Digital copies of course materials will be provided to you. (Limited printed copies of course materials will be available for an extra charge).

CEEB 162V is the first of three courses within the Efficient Buildings Passive House Stream which leads to the Passive House Design Specialization

Students taking all three courses may also optionally write the Passive House Institute’s Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant examination offered through Passive House Canada

Successful Completion: 

Students will be assessed and are required to obtain an overall grade of 70% in order to have a good knowledge base for follow-on course(s).  Students are encouraged to work with their instructor during posted office hours if additional help is needed. Students will receive a micro-credential certificate upon successfully completing the course.

Learner Outcomes

  • Building science and energy use, overview of Passive House principles
  • In-depth look at insulation and airtightness design and construction techniques
  • Thermal bridging principles, elimination of thermal bridges through better design and construction
  • Window placement and construction, window components and efficiency
  • Ventilation system design principles, components, distribution and operation
  • Heating and cooling a Passive House building, design principles, components, distribution and operation
  • Economics of Passive House design and construction, cost and risk reduction, marketability
  • Quality assurance and testing
  • Building certification process


Participants should be able to read blue prints and have a basic understanding of construction terminology.  This course does include some use of mathematical formulas.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Camosun College is located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia with campuses on the Traditional Territories
of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here.

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