Passivhaus Affiliate

Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson Training (Saint-Gobain & Passive House Academy)

Date: 3 - 7 November 2014 Time: 09.00 - 17.30
Location: Saint-Gobain Technical Academy - Erith, Kent. Cost: £742.50+VAT PHT members, £825+VAT Non members

Target Participants:

This course is aimed at building contractors as well as designers and consultants looking to learn the practical skills required of building to the Passive House standard. This 8 day course covers both the Building Envelope and Mechanical Systems specialities in theory and hands-on practical work. Each participant can decide to take one or both speciality. If you select to take only one speciality the course shortens to 6 days as per timetable schedule below. If you select to take both concurrently only two additional days of training are required (1 extra day of theory and 1 extra day of practical training).


8 Days in total (6 if only taking one Speciality) of direct contact classroom training, from 9.00am to 5:30pm.

Session 1 Theory: 5 days (or 4 if only taking one Speciality) of direct contact classroom based training, from 9.00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Session 2 Practical: 3 days (or 2 if only taking one Speciality) of direct contact practical workshop based training, from 8.30am to 4:30pm, running on 3 consecutive days separate from Session 1.


Session 1 Theory: 
Day 1: Combined - Envelope and Mechanical
Day 2: Combined - Envelope and Mechanical
Day 3: Envelope Only
Day 4: Mechanical Only
Day 5: Combined - Envelope and Mechanical
Session 2 Practical: 
Day 1: Combined - Envelope and Mechanical
Day 2: Envelope Only
Day 3: Mechanical Only


Combination of classroom lectures and presentations (about 60% of course) as well as practical work and experience in the Passive House building lab (about 40% of course).

Training Materials: 

Comprehensive course material is provided at commencement and the building lab is stocked with an impressive array of building materials and mechanical systems.

Class size is typically between 10 and 14 persons.

CPHT Exam:

The CPHT exam is set by the Passivhaus Institut and takes place all round the world on four pre-determined dates per year. PHA generally schedules the training to run directly into the exam on the day following course closure (see below).

Course Accreditation:

On successfully passing the exam, Participants will receive the internationally recognized accreditation as Certified Passive House Tradesperson - Building Envelope Specialist or Certified Passive House Tradesperson - Mechanical Services Specialist or both, joining an expanding global community.


PHT members recieve a 10% discount on the course fee of £825+VAT.


To book a place, visit the Saint-Gobain website.


Learning Objectives:

  • Define the Passive House Standard and basic principles of designing a Passive House;
  • Understand and be able to calculate R values for opaque building elements;
  • Understand the importance of thermal bridging and airtightness;
  • Locate the correct positioning of the airtightness and vapor control layers in relation to the insulation and structural layers in a range of typical construction types;
  • Demonstrate correct handling of insulation materials and describe how the integrity of insulation is affected when wet or damaged;
  • Perform the highest quality fixing of a range of insulation types to different construction types;
  • Outline the steps and procedures involved in the performance of an airtightness test using the Passive House methodology;
  • Demonstrate correct airtightness treatment at door and window openings, service penetrations, joints vertically and horizontally, corners and where the wall meets other constructional elements;
  • Outline the methods available for avoiding thermal bridging including information on any proprietary products used to assist the process;
  • Identify suitable Passive House glazing and frame types and compare them to those commonly used in construction;
  • Practice optimal fitting techniques and understand associated thermal bridge values for Passive House suitable window and door installations in different construction types;
  • Identify and accurately interpret data from PHPP files to determine construction details;
  • Understand Passive House mechanical systems, including heat recovery ventilation equipment design, sizing, installation and maintenance;
  • Outline the key elements of ventilation ducting in Passive House projects and ensure high performance in terms of airtight and highly insulated penetrations; and
  • Summarize supplementary heating and cooling in Passive Houses, technologies, sizing and installation.

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