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PHIUS Builders Training in S.F.
Become a PHIUS Certified Builder!

Superinsulation, air-tight envelopes, high-performance window installation, site management, component sourcing--passive house construction presents special challenges to builders. The PHIUS Builders Training program prepares construction professionals to meet the passive house challenge.

Dan Whitmore, Mike Kernagis and Adam Cohen--who have built 20 successful passive house projects between them--have developed the curriculum. It runs from an introduction to design theory and climate-specific detailing to materials, techniques, project management and quality assurance.

The course offers real-world experience in the on-site implementation of passive house as well as counseling and advice to both the practical and business concerns specific to passive house. The course covers not only craftsmanship, but also focuses on the risks and liability to the passive house contractor and guidance in both problem solving and (more importantly) problem avoidance.

The full program runs over four days.

Course Highlights

•Learn general passive house principles
•Classroom and field focus on envelope issues
•HVAC considerations and testing
•Cost optimization/bidding
•QA/QC process


•$800 general registration
•$750 for Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) members


To become a PHIUS Certified Builder, students must:

•Complete and return the qualifying exam within three weeks of completing class
•Earn a passive grade of 75%
•Provide proof of licensure & insurance*

PHIUS Certified builder are listed on a Web directory on the PHIUS Web site, and are licensed to use the PHIUS Certified Builder logo and accompanying recommended language.

*Builders not covered by a contractor license are welcome to take the training and exam, but will be designated as a "PHIUS+ Builder Associate"


•$95 for PHIUS Certified Builder Exam (requires separate registration and payment.

For information about PHAUS membership, visit the Passive House Alliance US site.

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