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Certified Passive House Designer Course – CPHD

We are World Leaders in Passive House Design: Become a Certified Passive House Designer Today!

Course Overview:

Duration: 9 Half Day Online Classes
 
Fee: €2780 (VAT exempt) – 40% funding may be available to the Irish Private Construction Sector and Sole traders. Please contact us for more info. 
 
Accreditation: Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant – PHI & RIAI
 
CPD Points: 45 Points
map of certified passivhaus / Passive House designers that have done the certified passive house designer course globally

Why Choose Our Certified Passive House Designer Course?

Join the leading trainer of certified passive house designers worldwide! Our Certified Passive House Designer Course is a comprehensive building science program that equips you with the latest principles in energy-efficient design. Learn to create comfortable, sustainable, and high-performance buildings through rigorous calculations and real-world insights.

  • Proven Success: Over 2,500 trained students
  • Extensive Experience: Involvement in 3 million square feet of high-performance building projects
  • In-Depth Learning: Master calculations for airtightness, U-values, solar gains, thermal bridges, and much more. Our course provides detailed knowledge and practical skills to design passive houses effectively.
  • Real-World Examples: Learn from real projects that our architecture and sustainability departments are currently working on, providing you with practical and applicable knowledge.
  • Challenging and Rewarding: This intensive course is challenging but boasts an excellent pass rate. If you are prepared for the challenge, you will find it extremely rewarding.

Take the first step towards a successful career in sustainable design with our Certified Passive House Designer Course. Join us today!

Upcoming Courses

The following format is used for this on-line Certified Passive House Designer Course:

  • Series of nine ‘live’ (not pre-recorded) webinar modules led by MosArt Director Tomás O’Leary.
  • Each module deals with a central theme of high performance buildings and consists of a five hour session from 9am to 2pm with two 15 minute coffee breaks part-way.
  • We’re using what we feel is the best webinar tool available for professional and reliable online education in this field, namely Zoom. It allows us to issue quizzes and polls along the way to check your progress and also to issue additional materials throughout the course.
  • At the end of each module, you’ll receive a link to watch a full video recording of that session. So, fear not if you have to put the cat out or if there’s yet another baking-emergency in the kitchen.
  • The last two modules of the course deal with the cool Sketchup plug-in software ‘designPH’ used to design Passive House projects in 3-D as well as the latest version of the Passive House Planning Package energy modelling tool used to fine-tune your project.
  • Once the nine webinar modules have been completed, you will then complete our online self-guided exam preparation modules over a four week period leading up to the Certified Passive House Designer Online Exam 
  • You’ll need to invest the equivalent of about three days on the on-line exam preparation course, so about a half-day per week should do it.
  • The exam preparation course includes presentation videos, calculation exercises, true-false questions and a Passive House design assignment which you’ll scan/photograph and send to us for personalised review. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
  • The programme culminates with the Certified Passive House Designer exam, a 3-hour ‘open-book’ (bring all your notes!) exam.
  • On passing the exam, you’ll (a) receive a formal certificate from the German Passive House Institute and (b) find yourself listed on the global map and database of Certified Passive House Designers  (see map of designers here)

The following format is used for this on-line Certified Passive House Designer Course:

  • Series of nine ‘live’ (not pre-recorded) webinar modules led by MosArt Director Tomás O’Leary.
  • Each module deals with a central theme of high performance buildings and consists of a five hour session from 9am to 2pm with two 15 minute coffee breaks part-way.
  • We’re using what we feel is the best webinar tool available for professional and reliable online education in this field, namely Zoom. It allows us to issue quizzes and polls along the way to check your progress and also to issue additional materials throughout the course.
  • At the end of each module, you’ll receive a link to watch a full video recording of that session. So, fear not if you have to put the cat out or if there’s yet another baking-emergency in the kitchen.
  • The last two modules of the course deal with the cool Sketchup plug-in software ‘designPH’ used to design Passive House projects in 3-D as well as the latest version of the Passive House Planning Package energy modelling tool used to fine-tune your project.
  • Once the nine webinar modules have been completed, you will then complete our online self-guided exam preparation modules over a four week period leading up to the Certified Passive House Designer Online Exam 
  • You’ll need to invest the equivalent of about three days on the on-line exam preparation course, so about a half-day per week should do it.
  • The exam preparation course includes presentation videos, calculation exercises, true-false questions and a Passive House design assignment which you’ll scan/photograph and send to us for personalised review. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
  • The programme culminates with the Certified Passive House Designer exam, a 3-hour ‘open-book’ (bring all your notes!) exam.
  • On passing the exam, you’ll (a) receive a formal certificate from the German Passive House Institute and (b) find yourself listed on the global map and database of Certified Passive House Designers  (see map of designers here)

What our Students Say

Scrollable Testimonials

"Tomas OLeary is an excellent tutor highly skilled aware of his varied student learning types and strengths and without ego which is such a rare quality. His technical knowledge is peerless."

John Hayes, Hayes Higgins Partnership

"Although I am familiar with some of the principles in PH, this was a new field that I will explore even more."

Luis Zapata, Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University

"Overall really impressed by the course. Lots of knowledge transferred in compact sizable chunks across the half day programme allows for the right amount of information and on the other hand not too long. The MosArt team have guided the whole process through to the end with little admin required to study. The team have been very encouraging across the sessions with a good sense of being able to resolve any confusion or misunderstandings of the lessons being taught."

James Foskett, Architect - Niall McLaughlin Architects

"I feel I better understand the effect of the various design elements on building energy use. Examples being 'why the plant room should be closer to the facade, shading impacts of the external environment, selection of windows, thermal bridge detailing' amongst others."

Stephen Hedderman, Technical Manager Cairn Homes

"Even though I only feel like I have dipped my toe into this world of Passive House I already have a new appreciation for high performance buildings. I do not come from an architectural engineering background but that did not matter in this course. The way it is delivered is so accessible and informative. Tomas is a fantastic teacher and his enthusiasm for the subject shines through in his teaching. This has motivated me to delve further into this word and i am already practicing energy calculations and calculating u values and playing with the PHPP software. Such a worthwhile course to participate in."

Síle Hayes, Environmental Planner, Hayes Higgins Partnership

"The Certified Passive House Designer course with MosArt was both challenging and rewarding. Delivered with a bounty of enthusiasm, both theoretical and real world examples were explored, uncovering the complexities and fundamental principles of passive house design. Even with doing the course online there were plenty of opportunities to interact and learn with others, which created a healthy environment for studying."

Jack Howard, Partel

"I feel more positive about my future in the construction industry after doing this course. Before this course, I had one foot out the door, ready to pack it in after 20 years but this course has giving me hope that their are like minded people in the industry, trying to do the right thing and create a better built environment, thank you."

Architect

"A great course- definitely worth doing if you are anyway interested in the physics of buildings, sustainability and wellness in the built environment. Once you aware of the comprehensive impact of the location, building envelope, equipment and services, it will affect your future projects. The PHPP is a great tool to adjust items, before you build or retrofit, to best reduce your carbon footprint and energy costs going forward. Comprehensive information presented in a very inclusive and engaging way by Mosart. Highly Recommended."

Jacqueline Morgan - Architect

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Course Recap

The Certified Passive House Designer Course is a comprehensive program focusing on real-world case studies and cutting-edge knowledge in Passive House design. Learn from world-leading experts and prepare for a rewarding career in sustainable design.

Course Highlights:

  • Principles and Performance Standards: Understand Passive House principles, performance metrics, and building physics.
  • Highly Insulated & Thermal-Bridge-Free Envelopes: Learn insulation strategies, thermal bridge mitigation, and practical applications.
  • Superior Airtightness & Vapour Control: Master airtightness techniques, vapour control, and verification methods.
  • Windows for Energy Balancing & Comfort: Explore window performance, energy balancing, and comfort considerations.
  • Indoor Air Quality through Active Ventilation: Design and implement active ventilation systems to ensure high indoor air quality.
  • Next Generation Heating, Domestic Hot Water, and Cooling: Discover advanced heating, efficient hot water solutions, and cooling strategies.
  • Renewable Energy, Economics, Quality Assurance & Certification: Integrate renewable energy, understand economic factors, and navigate quality assurance and certification.
  • Passive House Planning Package (PHPP): Learn data input, analysis, and optimisation techniques for building design with hands-on calculations by hand.

 

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