Passive House Building Certification Course

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Cityscape Conference Room (Crossroads)

507 West Broadway

5th floor

Vancouver, BC


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How to certify a Passive House building without drama or delay!

Presented by ZEBx and the North American Certifiers Circle (NACC), the Passive House Building Certification Course is delivered by Canada’s three leading Passive House certifiers. This one-day course will equip practitioners with the high-demand skill of how to prepare a successful submission package for all Passive House buildings. Leveraging insights and experiences from national experts, examples from both successful and unsuccessful projects will be examined to demonstrate best practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the certification requirements for building standards maintained by the Passive House Institute (PHI).

  • Gain a thorough understanding of what is included in a submission for Building Certification, including PHPP, drawings, product verification, perfromance testing and site photographs.

  • Understand strategies to avoid common barriers towards building certification

  • Understand the process of: contracting a Building Certifier; the expected roles of Passive House consultant and certifier; and submission formats.

    • The City of Vancouver’s requirements for Certified Passive House projects seeking exemptions under current policy will also be reviewed.

Participants will gain expertise in:

  • Certification process and requirements.

  • Design consultancy vs. certification.

  • Incorporating certification into the design and construction process.

  • Proper project documentation.

  • Climate-specific requirements and considerations.

  • Common barriers.

  • Reliable data sources.

  • What to do when there is no data.

  • Certification checks.

Best Suited For

This course is essential for practitioners responsible for certified Passive House projects in the City of Vancouver.

It is also suitable for practitioners engaged in projects outside the City of Vancouver seeking to streamline paperwork and ensure success in the PHI building certification process.

Highly beneficial for policy makers and all professionals seeking to better understand the requirements of the International Passive House standard, and how it relates to the City of Vancouver’s rezoning requirements.

AIBC Core Learning Units

Through the completion of this course, architects and architectural technologists can earn 6.5 Core Learning Units, designated by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC).


Andrew Peel

Monte Paulsen

Pierre-Andre Santin




Certified Passive House practitioners completing this course may be eligible for a discount equal to the course price at a PHI-accredited building certifier. For details, contact andrew@peelpassivehouse.com


Attendees are encouraged to take transit. Limited parking is available in the following parking lots:

  • 525 West Broadway
  • 550 West Broadway
  • Plaza 500
  • 2888 Cambie St (entrance located on the back lane of 12th)

If using the West 10th and Cambie or City Hall's upper parking lots, please remember to sign-in at reception or your car will be towed after two (2) hours. Please have the following information readily available when signing in: license plate, and make and model colour.

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