NAPHN and PHMN (an NAPHN Chapter) are excited to offer the Certified Passive House Tradesperson Training in Minneapolis on November 12–16 in collaboration with Emu Systems.

NAPHN’s Certified Passive House Tradesperson course is the premier training program for building professionals who are concerned about moisture control, air sealing, thermal bridging, healthy indoor air, durability, resiliency, and affordability of high-performance.

Get advanced building science training and become a PHI Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT).
  • Learn about the most advanced construction standard in the world.
  • How to implement passive principles in your projects.
  • Everything necessary to become a CPHT through the International Passivhaus Institute (PHI).
A four-day course that teaches practical Passive House building strategies with theory – with a combination of in-class exercises and hands-on workshop experience, incorporating actual building of Passive House details relevant to the US construction industry. Topics include:
  • Passive House criteria and principles
  • Construction process and quality assurance
  • Thermal insulation and thermal bridge-free construction
  • Airtightness
  • Windows and doors
  • Ventilation, heating and cooling systems
  • Building envelope specialization
Who is this for?

This course is for all building professionals: tradespeople, site supervisors, project managers and general contractors who will be involved in the construction of Passive House building – as well as architects, MEP and structural engineers, builders and construction managers.

Exam Info

All exams are given on the last day
of the training, Nov. 16th.

The exam is a multiple choice, structured in 3 parts:
  • Passive House Basics – 45 minutes
  • Building Envelope – 45 minutes
  • Building Services – 45 minutes
The first section, Passive House Basics, is required. Each participant may choose to take the exam specifically for Envelope, Services, or both.


Unit 1: Passive House Basics
Unit 2: Passive House Economics
Unit 3: Thermal Insulation
Unit 4: Thermal Bridges
Unit 5: Windows + Transparent Components
Unit 6: Existing Buildings
Unit 7: Air Tightness & Moisture Management
Unit 8: Mechanical Ventilation w/ Heat Recovery
Unit 9: Efficient Heating, Cooling & Domestic Hot Water
Unit 10: Quality Assurance


*Each day there will be a hands on workshop by a leading Passive House Manufacturer (these are separate from the designates curriculum):

Day 1: 475 Building Supply — Products for PH lessons learned
Day 2: Window Manufacturer TBD
Day 3: SIGA — Tapes & Membranes
Day 4: Swegon — Ventilation

*Schedule subject to change

The CPHT training ensures participants are equipped with the necessary framework and interdisciplinary skills to effectively convey the international Passive House (PH) standard. After passing the exam, CPHTs are given membership and are listed in the database on the International Passive House Institute (PHI) website for 5 years.

Register today!


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