Pre-Conference Workshops Schedule

Register for all Pre-Conference Workshops here

CPHC Exam & Post-Conference Verifier Training require separate registration.

Sept. 21     II   III    IV 
8:00am – Noon #1 // 2-day:

WUFI Passive/Plus Dynamic: Advanced Modeling

**SOLD OUT**

[Antretter]

#2 // 1-day:

Large Multifamily Designs & Systems Strategies for Six Climate Zones

[Ferreira & Staengl]

#3 // 1-day:

WUFI Passive Static: Passive House Verification Basics

[White]

#4 // 1/2-day:

Passive House 101*

*this session is free to attend, but registration is required

[Klingenberg]

1:00 – 5:00pm #1 (cont.)

WUFI Passive/Plus Dynamic: Advanced Modeling

**SOLD OUT**

[Antretter]

#2 (cont.)

Large Multifamily Designs & Systems Strategies for Six Climate Zones

[Ferreira & Staengl]

#3 (cont.)

WUFI Passive Static: Passive House Verification Basics

[White]

#5 // 1/2-day:

Intensive Window Install Seminar

[Whitmore]

Sept. 22   II    III    IV
8:00am – Noon #1 (cont.)

WUFI Passive/Plus Dynamic: Advanced Modeling

**SOLD OUT**

[Antretter]

#6 // 1-day:

Multifamily-Pallooza: In-depth Case Studies Presented by Project Team Members with a Focus on Integrated Project Delivery

[various]

#7 // 1/2-day:

Mixed Humid Passive Design Strategies: Step by Step

[Peabody & Fine]

#8 // 1/2-day:

Zero & Positive Energy Systems Design and Install for Passive Houses

[Rosenbaum]

1:00 – 5:00pm #1 (cont.)

WUFI Passive/Plus Dynamic: Advanced Modeling

**SOLD OUT**

[Antretter]

#6 (cont.)

Multifamily-Pallooza: In-depth Case Studies Presented by Project Team Members with a Focus on Integrated Project Delivery

[various]

#9 // 1/2-day:

Multifamily Hot Water On-Demand Design and other Efficient Hot Water Systems Solutions

[Klein]

#10 // 1/2-day:

CPHC Exam

*Please note that while the exam time slot is from 1:00-5:00pm on the schedule, attendees will only have 3 hours within which to complete the exam.

[proctored]

Sept. 26-28 POST – CONFERENCE VERIFIER TRAINING
8:00 am – 5:00 pm   #11 2-1/2 day training

PHIUS+ Verifier Training **SOLD OUT**

[McTaggart]

PHAUS Members, Presenters, Students & Seniors Early Bird(By July 18) Regular(July 19-Sept 20)
2-day Pre-Conference Workshop (#1) $295 $335
1-day Pre-Conference Workshop (#2, #3, #6) $145 $175
1/2-day Pre-Conference Workshop (#4, #5, #7, #8, #9) $75 $100
CPHC Exam & Post-Conference Verifier Training* See respective registration
page for details.
General Admission Early Bird(By July 18) Regular(July 19-Sept 20)
2-day Pre-Conference Workshop (#1) $375 $425
1-day Pre-Conference Workshop (#2, #3, #6) $195 $235
1/2-day Pre-Conference Workshop (#4, #5, #7, #8, #9) $100 $125
CPHC Exam & Post-Conference Verifier Training* See respective registration
page for details.

*CPHC Exam pricing varies by option selected. Exam options include: online portion only, take-home only, or both. Please click here to register.
* Post-Conference Verifier Training requires an application. Please click here to apply and register. **VERIFIER TRAINING IS SOLD OUT**

#1: wufi® passive/plus dynamic: advanced modeling **SOLD OUT**

September 21-22, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Florian Antretter, Fraunhofer IBP

Requirements: Bring a PC laptop (if using a Mac, must have Windows installed). Students will receive an 8-week WUFI Passive license. Learn more about WUFI Passive.

This two-day program will do a deep dive into dynamic modeling, comfort analysis, multi-zone analysis, and hygrothermal modeling in WUFI. Whether you’re a CPHC who had an introduction to WUFI Passive during training, a user of any of the other WUFI suite programs, or an experienced PHPP user who wants to take things to the next level—you’ll find this workshop invaluable to your practice.

Course instructor Florian Antretter, Building Physicist and Group Manager at Fraunhofer IBP, is one of the developers of the WUFI Passive/Plus platform and knows the software better than anyone else. He is a fantastic teacher and has given numerous trainings to the PHIUS community with rave reviews. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the best and gain an in-depth introduction to the advanced dynamic modeling capabilities of the most advanced passive building modeling tool on the market.

#2: phius+ 2015 passive building standard integrated design strategies step-by-step for six climate zones: multifamily modeling, enclosure design & systems

September 21, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructors: Prudence Ferreira, PassivScience + PHIUS CPHC Instructor; Galen Staengl, Staengl Engineering

Requirements: Bring a PC laptop (if using a Mac, must have Windows installed). Students will receive an 8-week WUFI Passive license. Learn more about WUFI Passive.

Over the past several years, passive building has moved quickly into larger multifamily typologies. It has now become clear that these larger buildings require more advanced skills from the CPHC. This class will be led by the CPHC and mechanical engineering team developing 2nd & Delaware in Kansas City, the country’s largest multifamily development to-date, to the PHIUS+ 2015 standard.

This session will introduce participants to a step-by-step integrated multifamily design process including variations for six climate zones. The discussion will include multi-zone WUFI Passive modeling and dynamic project comfort checks, as well as hygrothermal verification of enclosure components. Mechanical systems choices and best practices for multifamily buildings in various climate zones will be recommended.

#3: wufi passive static: passive house verification basics

September 21, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Lisa White, PHIUS Certification Manger

Requirements: Bring a PC laptop (if using a Mac, must have Windows installed). Students will receive an 8-week WUFI Passive license. Learn more about WUFI Passive.

If you have been practicing as a CPHC but feel that the new software and standard developments have been passing you by, this class will help get you up to speed on the latest WUFI Passive capabilities. The course will be taught by Lisa White, PHIUS Certification Manager, and one of the most experienced CPHCs in WUFI Passive static side modeling. She will teach all the tricks of the trade you need to know, including how to transition over from a PHPP model to WUFI Passive and take your game to the next level.

Course participants will achieve a solid foundation in the basic steps of WUFI Passive static modeling and will know how to use the tool to design and verify projects to the new climate-specific PHIUS+ 2015 Passive Building Standard.

#4 passive house & passive building 101*

September 21, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Katrin Klingenberg, PHIUS Executive Director 

*This session is free to attend, however registration is required.

This course will provide a thorough introduction to the world of passive building. The discussion will cover:

  • Sustainability context: How do passive standards fit in and compare to other energy efficiency systems, codes, and green building rating programs?
  • Passive building standards as a resilience and comfort standard.
  • Energy targets, design guidelines, and tools.
  • Underlying passive design principles: insulation, airtightness, windows and doors, heat and moisture recovery ventilation, and minimized mechanical systems.
  • Appropriate passive building components and system solutions: windows and doors, wall assemblies, space heating and cooling, dehumidification, and hot water.
  • Principles and components applied in all climates: successful case studies including single and multifamily residential and commercial projects from around the country.

At the completion of this course participants will have gained knowledge about the essential basics of passive house/building design and construction and why meeting passive building standards is the most resilient, comfortable, and cost-effective best practice for reaching zero energy and source goals.

#5: balancing window design imperatives for best cost and performance: a window on the passive house world

September 21, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Dan Whitmore, Hammer & Hand + PHIUS Builders Training Instructor

Windows are among the most important elements in a passive house, affecting natural ventilation, daylighting, emergency egress, thermal performance and comfort, solar heating, shading, and durability. Yet window install must also address airtightness and water management. Balancing these imperatives—including cost—can consume significant planning and design hours, percentages of budget, as well as in-the-field labor.

This workshop will review the performance constraints on a typical baseline installation with a typical high-performance window as well as alternate installation details for four constraints:

  • Energy performance
  • Sequencing
  • Resources
  • Durability

The typical window and variables to be analyzed are:

  • Wall Type
    • Double-stud
    • 2×6 with I-joist Larsen Truss
    • 2×8 with 4” of exterior insulation
      • EPS
      • Mineral Wool
    • Insulated Concrete Form
  • Placement in Wall
    • Exterior plane of wall structure
    • Middle of wall
  • ‘Over-insulation’
    • None
    • Moderate level on sides and head
    • Maximum level on sides and head

At the completion of this course participants will have gained the knowledge of how to evaluate the priorities involved in determining appropriate install details for windows in a passive house.

#6: multifamily passive building-palooza: in-depth case studies presented by project teams with a focus on integrated project delivery

September 22, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Presenters represent various project teams (listed in order of presentation):

This course will be led by Developers, Architects, CPHCs, Raters/Verifiers and Builders representing the project teams of completed and underway US multifamily projects, including affordable and market rate, in New York City, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, OR, and Portland, ME. The presenters will discuss topics ranging from how to structure financing, planning and execution, budgets, and cost premiums, and will also share first-hand experiences of best practices and lessons learned.

At the completion of this course participants will have gained knowledge of how to best apply passive design principles to multifamily buildings including design solutions for multifamily-specific challenges such as elevators, gyms, other common spaces, trash chutes, laundry rooms, bike rooms, etc.

#7: practical passive design strategies for mixed humid climates: step-by-step

September 22, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructors: David Peabody, Owner at Peabody Architects & Matt Fine, Project Manager at Peabody Architects

This class will explore limitations and solutions for Passive House and Zero Energy/Source buildings in mixed-humid climates.

  • Mixed humid 101: climate and location matters, building site and orientation, building size and shape, understanding basic building science.
  • Design principles, targets and tools.
  • Thermal bridge-free construction and enclosure details.
  • Appropriate building systems and insulation values.
  • Window glazing and frame specifications, orientation, installation and shading design.
  • Appropriate ventilation system selection and example systems solution.
  • Mechanical systems.

At the conclusion of this course participants will have gained knowledge about the essential key elements and steps needed to design passive buildings in mixed humid climates.

#8: passive houses: demand side load management & designing a renewable system for zero and positive energy

September 22, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Marc Rosenbaum, Marc Rosenbaum, P.E.

This class will cover:

  • What passive buildings and similar high-performance homes are actually using for energy, and how that energy breaks down by end use.
  • Sizing of a renewable system to meet the remaining loads: using PV Watts software, we’ll estimate how much electricity can be harvested in different climates and array orientations, and the timing of that energy vs. loads.
  • System configurations, product types and characteristics, and other nuts and bolts aspects of installations.
  • Case studies.
  • Mechanical systems and integrating renewable energies: how battery storage and thermal storage are evolving and may affect the whole systems design.

At the conclusion of this course participants will have gained knowledge about the essential key elements needed to design a properly sized renewable system to zero out remaining energy or source loads for a Passive House.

#9: multifamily hot water on-demand systems design and other efficient hot water systems critical to optimize source energy results

September 22, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Gary Klein, Gary Klein & Associates 

In multifamily passive buildings, efficient hot water design is critical to achieve the PHIUS+ Standard’s ambitious source energy targets. Hot water is a system consisting of heater, distribution piping, plumbing fixtures and appliances, and waste heat running down the drain, each of which can be maximized for greatest efficiency. This session will discuss practical measures to incorporate into your next multifamily project to achieve high-performance hot water systems and very satisfied customers. This will be a hands-on class where we will demonstrate the principles, not just discuss them. Class participants will walk away with at least one completed drawing demonstrating the most energy, water, and time efficient hot water system layout for that floor plan.

Prerequisite: Bring at least 1 floor plan and/or section of a project that is currently under design or one that you have built. On one drawing, show the location of the water heater and the hot water plumbing fixtures and appliances. On the second drawing of the same floor plan, show the location of the hot water system that has been installed or that you plan to install. Plan view or sectional view, depending on heights and orientation is fine, just be sure the main lines are shown.

#10: cphc exam

September 22, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

PHIUS established the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) credential in 2008 to distinguish accomplished passive house professionals in the marketplace. PHIUS’ flagship training is the industry leader, and the only passive house designer training geared to North American climate and market conditions. CPHCs are listed on the PHIUS and PHAUS online database, and get access to the latest technical developments.

CPHC Exam registration is separate from Workshops Registration and can be completed at the following link, where you can also review the system and exam-day requirements.

*Please note that while the exam time slot is from 1:00-5:00pm on the schedule, attendees will only have 3 hours within which to complete the exam.

Register now for either the in-class, take home, or full CPHC Exam.

#11 post-conference – phius+ verifier training **SOLD OUT**

September 26-28, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Chris McTaggart, PHIUS+ Rater Program Manager, TheBER

Location: Delaware Valley Green Building Council, 2401 Walnut Street #103, Philadelphia, PA. Training is half day (8:00am – 12:30pm) on the final day Wednesday, 9/28.

This 2-1/2-day training prepares third-party Quality Assurance and onsite verification professionals to understand the application of passive building and verification principles for multifamily and commercial projects pursuing PHIUS+ Certification.

  • Large building enclosure integrity design strategies
  • Passive building mechanical/ventilation systems
  • On-site verification of passive building construction features
  • Large building/multi-fan blower door testing protocols

Additionally, students will learn the specific requirements of the newly released PHIUS+ Multifamily Certification Standard v2.0 for performance and on-site verification of multifamily buildings pursuing certification under the PHIUS+ program.

The course concludes with an exam. Successfully completing the course and exam qualifies the trainee as a PHIUS+ Verifier.

Please apply and register for Verifier Training here.