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PHIUS Certified Builders Training

Builder's Training Class, Urbana, Illinois

Continuing Education

Builders Training Earns

32.5 AIA HSW 32.5 CPHC CEU
12.75 BPI CEU  


PHIUS Certified Builder Exam $95

Students must complete and return the PHIUS Certified Builder Exam within three weeks of completing the class. The exam requires separate registration, see below.

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--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 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



To become a PHIUS Certified Builder, students must:

  • Complete and return the qualifying exam within three weeks of completing class (exam requires separate registration, see inset at right)
  • Earn a passing grade of 75%
  • Provide proof of licensure & insurance for jurisdictions where they are required

PHIUS Certified Builders are listed on the PHIUS online database of Certified Builders, and are licensed to use the PHIUS Certified Builder logo and accompanying recommended language.


Upcoming Program Schedule

Location Date Time

Yestermorrow Design / Build School

7865 Main Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673

Instructors: Adam Cohen & Dan Whitmore

March 21-24, 2017 

9:00am - 5:00pm
each day

Best Western Plus
Chocolate Lake Hotel

250 Saint Margaret's Bay Road
Halifax, Nova Scoria, Canada

Instructor: Natalie Leonard

March 31, April 1, 3-4, 2017 
(Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday) 

8:30am - 4:30pm
each day

The Endeavour Centre

910 High Street, Unit 14
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Instructor: Natalie Leonard

April 21-24, 2017 

9:00am - 4:30pm
each day


Registration & Fees

Builders Training @ Yestermorrow
Register Here

Builders Training @ Halifax, Nova Scotia
Register Here

  • Registration: $1,295 CAD

Builders Training @ The Endeavour Centre
Register Here

  • Early Bird: $1,295 CAD (available to first 4 registrants only)
  • Regular: $1,395 CAD (registration closes April 10)


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Maintaining the PHIUS Certified Builder Credential 

PHIUS Certified Builders can maintain/extend their certification status through either one of the following methods:

1. Build a PHIUS+ Certified Passive Building Project

Successfully building a project within three years after the professional’s certification date will maintain/extend the Builder’s professional credential status by an additional three years.

2. Take and Pass the Current Builder Exam

Successfully completing the Builder exam will maintain/extend the Builder’s professional credential status by three years. 


If Builder Certification Expires:

  • A Builder who fails to meet one of the above requirements by their expiration date will be removed from the Builder database and their credential will no longer be considered valid.
  • A Builder whose certification status has expired can reactivate their certification by taking and passing the current Builder exam.

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