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CPHC® Curriculum

Technology Requirements

CPHC Trainees must bring their own laptop. Trainees receive a free 8-week license to the WUFI® Passive software. WUFI Passive, which combines passive building energy modeling with dynamic hygrothermal modeling capabilities, is also available for purchase from Fraunhofer IBP.

WUFI Passive requires Windows OS. Mac users need to purchase and install VMWare Fusion, Bootcamp or Parallels, along with a Windows operating system. VMWare Fusion is recommended. See the full WUFI Passive system requirements here

In addition, students must install LBNL THERM. Always download the most recent NFRC-approved version. 

It is available as a free download here. Related documentation can be found here

There are known technical issues with THERM installation on Windows 7 and Windows Vista - special installation information for these operating systems can be found here.

CPHC training participants will cover the following core principles

  • Learn the principles of passive building design: heat transfer, air-tightness, thermal bridge free detailing, super-insulation, high-efficiency ventilation, moisture control.

  • Learn WUFI® Passive, the next-generation passive house verification, hygrothermal assessment, and dynamic modeling tool developed in partnership with Fraunhofer IBP and Owens Corning. It’s a remarkable all-in-one performance and risk management tool for building professionals. Students receive a free 8-week license to use the full version WUFI Passive. (NOTE: Other programs require students to take energy modeling as a separate module.)

  • Gain proficiency in energy modeling skills by completing an entire project including energy balancing (static and dynamic).

  • Learn to implement high performance building science principles and passive house techniques in residential, commercial, and retrofit scenarios across all North American climate zones.

  • Learn from North America’s most experienced and accomplished passive building practitioners. PHIUS instructors have designed and certified projects across the United States and Canada.

  • Study built examples—including mechanical systems—for each North American climate zone. 

  • Learn about suitable materials and components available in local U.S. and Canadian markets, and details for passive house applications according to climate. 

  • Learn the best air tightness strategies, thermal bridge free detailing, and how to evaluate your design in THERM. 

  • Learn how to assure quality and performance for your client from the design process through construction using PHIUS+ Certification and QA/QC.

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