Passive House Tradesperson Training


It is finally here!  Green Building Alliance has been working with its partners (Passive House Western PA, West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, and more) to build local capacity in Passive House techniques for the past several years. We have successfully trained architects, engineers and consultants in designing Passive House structures, and we are now delighted to partner with Emu Systems (for content) and CCI (for location) to provide hands-on training on how to build these super-efficient buildings.  Anyone who is interested in learning about how to implement some of the most high performance building techniques in the world – please come!

The full Emu training is four days, but due to feedback from local tradespeople, we are teaching this in two-day modules. We are offering the first two-day session, Module 1, on March 21-22.



Module 1 (March 21st and 22nd 2018)

Day 1

Unit 1: Passive House Basics
Unit 2: Passive House Economics in North America
Unit 3: Thermal Insulation
Unit 4 (Workshop): Insulation
Recap + Review of Sample Questions for Exam

Day 2

Unit 5: Thermal Bridges
Unit 6: Windows + Transparent Components
Unit 7: Existing Buildings – Envelope
Unit 8 (Workshop): Windows
Recap + Review of Sample Questions for Exam


We will offer Module 2 (Days 3 & 4) in April.  We may offer both Modules in May if there is demand to support them.  The Modules build upon each other – meaning that you will need to take Module 1 before taking Module 2.

To be (an internationally recognized) Passive House Tradesperson (and be listed in the PHI database) you will need to take the exam.  Exam dates are set by the Passive House Institute – the first time we are planning to offer the exam in Pittsburgh will be on Friday, May 25th.  (The other dates PHI has set can be found here, but the May exam is the only one that is currently planned on being offered in Pittsburgh.) If you would like to participate in the training, but one day is as much as you can cram into your schedule, we understand, and are happy to have you!  (And you can always take the next day when the Module is offered again.)


What you get for your time & money:

  • Two internationally certified Passive House trainers: Rhett Major and Rick Eckstrom
  • Two mornings crammed full of instruction on Passive House
  • Two afternoons experiencing hands-on practical implementation of what you learned in the morning
  • Because we are GBA: Breakfast! Lunch! Snacks!
  • And of course, education on the best building science techniques!
Event Address: 
64 South 14th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Conservation Consultants Inc.