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CESA 1500 - Passive House Tradesperson Course - Building Envelope Specialization

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

​The ZEB Learning Centre will not be offering our hands-on CESA 1500 Passive House Tradesperson course during the Fall 2020 semester. We are offering several other courses that are fully adapted for online delivery. For more information: https://commons.bcit.ca/zeroenergybuildings/cesa-1500-passive-house-tradesperson-during-covid-19/. Passive House Tradesperson - Envelope Specialization is a five day course provides the knowledge and practical hands-on skills that building contractors, designers, consultants and advanced students need to build to the Passive House standard; an internationally recognized ultra-low energy 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 and using a variety of materials. An introduction to heat and energy recovery ventilators will be provided. *** If you work in the construction industry within the City of Vancouver you may be eligible to apply for a partially subsidized registration for ‘CESA 1500 Passive House Tradesperson course - Building Envelope Specialization’ (being sponsored by the City of Vancouver). For more information about the eligibility criteria to apply, please go to https://www.bcit.ca/construction/passivediscovery/

Prerequisite(s)

Students should have prior knowledge/experience in the construction industry or related fields.

Credits

3.0

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the climate-independent functional definition of a Passive House and the principles it is based on.
  • Define Passive House principles: highly insulating envelope, thermal bridge free construction, airtightness, windows and solar gains, ventilation with heat recovery.
  • Evaluate Passive House criteria; heating load, cooling load, annual space heating demand, annual space cooling demand, airtightness, annual primary energy demand, frequency of overheating.
  • Describe Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) and other planning principles.
  • Apply knowledge of the specific technical function of Passive House principles to an understanding of the building enclosure’s design and its energy efficient performance as a whole through the development of building envelope assemblies and details.
  • Apply principles of airtightness in the Passive House:
    • Execute correct application of airtight and moisture resistant membranes and tapes in wood-frame wall assemblies.
    • Participate in blower door airtightness testing and air leakage assessment.
  • Apply principles of Passive House windows:
    • Demonstrate correct installation and integration of windows into the wall assembly.
    • Apply U-value calculation in an assessment of overall energy performance of the building.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2016

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