Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT)

What is Passive House?

Passive House is an international construction standard maintained and continuously developed by the International Passive House Institute (PHI). Residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings constructed to these guidelines are characterized by significantly increased comfort and health for the occupants, extremely low energy consumption, durable construction quality, and knowledgable project teams at the forefront of the construction industry.

CPHT logo awarded by PHI after successful completion of written examination.

CPHT logo awarded by PHI after successful completion of written examination.

In 2009, I was at a conference and learned about Passive House; I felt like a teenage boy that just noticed girls for the first time – “Oh my god. You are amazing – how did I not see you before?”
— Darren Macri (elrondburrell.com/blog/passive-house-builder/)

What is the CPHT professional certification?

The CPHT certification allows members of the construction industry to engage and participate in the integrative and interdisciplinary approach necessary for better building. While much improvement can be made in the design and calculation phases of a project, the implementation of Passive House principles on site is absolutely fundamental to the success of a quality build. 

Why become a Passive House Tradesperson?

"The targeted transfer of specific Passive House expertise will provide the basis for a high standard of quality on site. This will ultimately benefit all those involved in construction, including the client, the planner/architect, the manufacturers of products and the tradesmen themselves." 
Learn more from the International Passive House Institute about the role of the CPHT.

"There are a lot of things that are different about a passive house. The ventilation systems, the wall sections, the window install, but really, those are all details that you just build as designed. The biggest adjustment for my team and my subs was the air barrier. The air barrier never goes on vacation. We have to own that obsession in our hearts during every step of the process."
Read more about becoming a Passive House builder from Elrond Burrell's interview with Darren Macri.

CPHT Course Schedule

Day One

  • Passive House Basics
  • Economic Efficiency of Passive House
  • Air Tightness
  • Construction Process

Day Two

  • Thermal Insulation
  • Thermal Bridges
  • Heat Supply

Day Three

  • Windows + Doors
  • Ventilation

Day Four

  • Existing Buildings - Envelope
  • Existing Building - Ventilation
  • PHI Exam Study Session (course participants from previous courses welcome to attend)

Next CPHT Course:
May 15-18, 2017 in Denver, Colorado

CPHT Exam Information

If you select only the Building Services section or only the Building Envelope section, the exam will be 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you decide to take both sections, you will have an extra 45 minutes. Exam regulations will be discussed during the Study Session. Please note that PHI reserves the right to update the exam regulations, and we do expect an update on May 1st, 2017, to be published on their website. We will be sure to notify you of any significant changes. 

The exam fee includes the PHI submittal fee, Emu's preliminary grading of the exam, PHI’s final grading and decision on pass/fail, one review session with Emu (upon failing), and 5 years of PHI registration as a Certified Passive House Tradesperson (upon passing). 

Next CPHT Exam:
Friday, May 19, 2017, 10:00am-12:30pm