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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

Course Details

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 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


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





Winter 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 84399

Mon Feb 10 - Fri Feb 14 5 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 10 - Feb 14 Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00 BBY NW03



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. 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: For full calendar showing all CESA 1500 offering this year, please visit: 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. 36 BC Housing (HPO) CPD Credits.

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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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