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Introduction to Residential Mechanical Systems for Zero Energy/Emissions and Passive House Buildings XZEB 1140

Net-Zero & Passive House Course

Course details

​This course focuses on an integrated approach to residential HVAC mechanical equipment to meet national and provincial zero energy (BC Energy Step Code) requirements and Passive House standards. The course will help learners understand the best practices from the design to verification of HVAC systems in residential projects. Through case studies and industry experts, learners will recognize the unintended consequences of poorly selected, designed, installed, and verified systems and practices for planning, coordinating, and verifying mechanical HVAC systems to ensure project performance and owner satisfaction. Key topics include Energy Step Code and Passive House requirements; HVAC mechanical system options, costs, and performance; and best practices from design, tender, installation, and verification. To succeed in this course, there is an expectation of a pre-requisite knowledge of the BC Energy Step Code, Passive House standards, and airtightness and low-TEDI assemblies.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of XZEB 1140 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 49316


Mon Dec 04 - Thu Dec 14 (2 weeks)

  • 2 weeks
  • CRN 49316
  • $258.02
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Dec 04 - Dec 14 Mon, Thu 13:00 - 16:00 Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. This course is a 2 week course with live lectures on Mondays and Thursdays (1PM-4PM). Instructional sessions are delivered through a live interactive web-lecture through online course portal (BCIT Learning Hub) by industry subject matter expert instructors. Additional independent learning is completed in the online course portal.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain how an Integrated Design Process can lead to achieving efficient mechanical systems performing as intended.
  • Demonstrate understanding of application of best practices during the design and tender stages of mechanical systems.
  • Learn and apply best practices for equipment selection and sizing of mechanical systems.
  • Explain the implications on equipment selection arising from working with Greenhouse Gas Intensity (GHGi) limits.
  • Explain the value of various high performance heating, ventilation and cooling strategies (passive and active) and interactions between systems in airtight buildings.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with use of standard High Performance Construction checklists in a construction environment.
  • Be aware of the importance of planning and coordination from design through to construction and testing to meet Net Zero Energy and Passive House standards.

Effective as of Winter 2022

Related Programs

Introduction to Residential Mechanical Systems for Zero Energy/Emissions and Passive House Buildings (XZEB 1140) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Essentials of Net-Zero and Passive House Construction
    Microcredential Part-time


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