Course Description

This course is offered in partnership with Passive House Canada

This course enables 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 Passive House buildings. 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.

CEEB 164V is the second 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.

Course Outline

What to expect:

  • You will have 10 three-hour online synchronous and interactive lectures, 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.

Successful Completion: 

Students will be assessed and should 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 for successfully completing the course.

Learner Outcomes

  • Introduction and overview of PHPP
  • Treated floor areas and U-values for assemblies
  • Heat loss areas and thermal bridging calculations
  • Ground calculations and energy implications
  • Window components and inputs, shading, ventilation volumes and airflow
  • Heating demand and load, summer cooling requirements and ventilation
  • Domestic hot water energy, electrical and other energy demands, renewable energy (PER)

This course is 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. Also for anyone pursuing the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant designation.


Students should have taken CEEB 162V - Passive House Design and Construction or *similar course.

Students should be familiar with and have access to MS Excel. 

*Check with ASCEEB program coordinator, Ross Lyle lyle@camosun.ca, if you have taken a similar course to CEEB 162V and want to enroll in CEEB 164V.

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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