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How to get Passive House educated?

DHTaylor | Posted in PassivHaus on

Hi everyone,

I’m a woodworker/builder from southern California, but currently live in Northern Ca. Passive house building is basically non-existant out here. Seems like its catching on only in the far northern climates and back east. I would like to get educated on passive house building and net zero building. Are there any workshops and or courses that one can take to get an in depth education on this subject? Something that covers the whole spectrum of the process, foundation to finish? I’m willing to travel anywhere for this and I know other people who are too. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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  1. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #2

    D.H. Taylor,
    You should realize that the Passive House approach and the net-zero approach are two very different approaches. If you are interested in net-zero homes, studying up on the GBA web site is a good way to start. Or you could sign up with one of the online courses offered by Marc Rosenbaum if you wanted.

    For more information, see this article: Net-Zero-Energy versus Passivhaus.

  2. Expert Member
    ARMANDO COBO | | #3

    The ZERH Program and the Building America Solution Center have great websites with a plethora of free information available to you. You’ll find many training presentations, PowerPoints, videos, webinars, best practices, etc, etc. Happy reading...
    https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/doe-zero-energy-ready-home-resources
    https://basc.pnnl.gov/
    The Tour of Zero is a collection of ZERHs built around the country. Study what other builders have done.
    https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/doe-tour-zero

  3. Mark_Be | | #4

    I am kind of on the other side of this equation. I will be gut renovating a house in Jersey City, NJ to the Enerphit standard next spring, and will be looking for carpenter(s) who either have passive house experience or a strong interest in getting some. Does anybody have any suggestions as to how I might go about finding somebody suitable?

    Thanks, all.

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