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Achieving the Passive House Standard for Existing Buildings

AIA Canada is excited to to partner with Passive House Canada to offer this four-part course to AIA members.

Course Title: Achieving the PH Standard for Existing Buildings

Provider Name: AIA Canada Society

Provider Number:  100100113

Course Number: 2022AIACS016

Credits: 15 AIA LU and HSW

Course Fee: $1,350

(AIA members get 10% discount with code AIAPL39#)

Course Description:

Buildings shape the lives, health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Unfortunately, too many of the buildings across Canada often have significant problems: from drafty building envelopes, to mold and moisture problems, to inefficient HVAC systems. The Passive House standard has evolved over the years and now includes powerful tools, guidelines and certification pathways which can assist design and construction professionals seeking to retrofit existing buildings to be more comfortable, healthier and use less energy. This in-depth seminar will introduce participants to the Passive House retrofit ‘EnerPHit’ standards and highlight some examples of successful Passive House retrofits from around the world. We will discuss the basic principles of Passive House design, including thermal comfort, energy efficiency, durability and health – as well as some of the common tools and techniques for achieving these goals on retrofits. We’ll also review how the EnerPHit standard fits into the larger efforts at decarbonization across Canada. Anyone looking to rehabilitate an existing building will benefit from this course, and in particular this course is a crucial first step for anyone looking to certify a building as a Passive House EnerPHit retrofit.

Course Dates:
Day 1 & 2: Tuesday February 14 & Thursday February 16, 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST) each day
Day 3 & 4: Tuesday February 28 & Thursday March 2, 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST) each day

Learning Objective 1:

Participants will gain knowledge about the International Passive House Standards and how these certifications apply to Retrofits of existing buildings as well as the specific Certification pathways which have been developed for conversions of existing buildings.

Learning Objective 2:

Understand the various Passive House strategies for improving durability, health, comfort and energy-efficiency and how they can be applied in retrofit scenarios.

Learning Objective 3:

Analyze the implications of modifications to the building envelope and review some common issues and pitfalls in high performance retrofits.

Learning Objective 4:

Understand how building retrofits fit into the larger nationwide efforts at climate-change adaptation and mitigation.

February 14 2023


Date: 2023-02-14
Time: 09:00 - 13:00
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  • Course Dates:
  • Day 1: Tuesday February 14 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST)
  • Day 2: Thursday February 16 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST)
  • Day 3: Tuesday February 28 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST)
  • Day 4: Thursday March 2, 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST)


AIA Canada Society
Passive House Canada