This 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 offering of ‘CESA 1500 Passive House Tradesperson course - Building Envelope Specialization’ (being sponsored by the City of Vancouver). To see City of Vancouver sponsored course dates, and for more information about the eligibility criteria to apply, please go to https://www.bcit.ca/construction/passivediscovery/
Students should have prior knowledge/experience in the construction industry or related fields.
Prerequisite: Students should have prior knowledge/experience in construction industry or related fields. Students who complete the course are eligible to write the exam to become a Certified Passive House Tradesperson – Building Envelope Specialization through the Passive House Institute. Exam registration and payment is to be done separately through Passive House Canada: www.passivehousecanada.com/ For full calendar showing all CESA 1500 offering this year, please visit: https://commons.bcit.ca/zeroenergybuildings/courses-2/ This course will take place in a classroom/lab workshop with a combination of lecture and hands-on construction material. The following equipment is required: CSA approved Safety foot-wear (green triangle) and clothing suitable for working in a construction environment. This course is set at 36 hours in total and will have a 45 minute lunch break.
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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