Learn Passive & take the CPHT Exam online - save $200!
2020 changed everything. When it wasn't safe for us to meet in the classroom we adapted and started the on-demand, online CPHT course. If you don't feel like leaving the house just yet, but you still want to add the in-demand skills of being a Certified Passive House Tradesperson, look no further. ($1400 value)
Flexible, self-paced, on-demand CPHT course with live, weekly online Q&A sessions with the trainer.
Know more. Build better.
Understand building science and how it applies to your everyday work. Whether you are seeking Passive House certification or not, you can't un-learn the knowledge you gain in this class.
learn best practices & building science
limit liability & increase credibility
avoid hidden mold & condensation
exceed IECC air leakage requirements
Included perks of joining the Emu Mob.
That's right. A group of emus is actually called a "mob"! #NeverStopLearning
Emu’s CPHT Textbook
Emu's CPHT textbook, which is accredited for use in the open-book CPHT Exam and has been referred to as "The Bible of Passive House" by alumni who keep it on site.
Access to the Emu Alumni Forum, a network of all the construction professionals who have taken courses with Emu - your ecosystem of PHriends and collaborators.
A profile listing in Emu's Mob Directory, where we direct potential clients who are seeking trained builders and project team members.
Become a PHI Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT)
98% of students in this course pass the Exam!
Upon passing the CPHT Exam (which is already included in this bundle!) you will be listed in the PHI Database of Certified builders and contractors for 5 years. You may renew your accreditation through photo documentation of you applying and learning to project sites, or through Continuing Education credits. Emu offers CE credits through mini courses and our Colorado Passive House Expo.
What will you learn in this course?
All. The. Things.
The Value of Passive House
What is the Passive House standard, and why is it more like a building code than just a green building certification? Why will your clients thank you for knowing this standard?
What makes a building envelope perform, and how do you mitigate thermal bridges and other potential weaknesses early in the process?
Systems and Services
How does the system design integrate with a high-performing building, and what exactly are the indoor air quality requirements that make Passive so healthy?
Now is the time.
"If you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do." - Warren Miller
"I received the best educational experience from Emu Systems! Got my Passive House Certification through their program/class. Be sure to take this class, you won't regret it!"
- Jared Phifer, Revolve Design Build
"I've been a green builder for 16 years, and I came in here and it was like trying to drink from a fire hose."
- Dave Edwards, My Earthbound Homes
“Every builder should take this class. Period.”
- Jed Wolfram, Bozeman Sustainabuild
“Valuable, Challenging, Invigorating! I thought the online format worked well. I've been through other training platforms that were not nearly as interactive as the lessons and weekly check-ins. The quizzes were engaging as well as the chat feature w/n the lessons was great. Enrico was really prompt with responding on those.”
- Anonymous Emu, from Course Evaluation
“This was an outstanding training. The knowledge of the Emu team was complimented by the skills & experience of the other attendees. My brain hurt sometimes digesting the content – but that’s a good thing. Pay yourself and sign up for this training.”
- Jay Murdoch, Owens Corning
“Thoroughly enjoyed the course; Enrico and Mariana really know their stuff and convey it clearly. So glad I could geek out with the Emu MOB!”
-Anonymous Emu from 2020 Autumn Crew
Meet your instructors
...and our Chief Building Science Geeks
A native of Cavriago, Italy, Enrico is an established expert in the international Passive construction standard. He is well respected for being able to see complicated, cutting-edge data through the lens of practical on-site implementation. He has extensive work experience in Australia, Europe, and North America, with a specialty in building envelope design and analysis. His detailed computer simulations for thermal, hygrometric and economic analyses, are informed by the thousands of hours he has spent on varied construction sites. He is the author of the Emu North American CPHT training textbook, and the lead Trainer for Emu’s CPHT courses since 2017.
Prior to becoming a full-time Emu Trainer and Building Science Geek, Ben has had a diverse career focused on sustainability and the urban environment. He graduated with a MS in Sustainable Architecture from the City University of New York and has since consulted on numerous projects, ranging from ecological infrastructure to Passive House design. Ben specializes in high performance daylighting systems and has given numerous talks and workshops on the topic. He has taught collegiate building science courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the City College of New York, and has been a Trainer for The Passive House Network’s Certified Passive House Designer and Tradesperson Courses. He has a passion for creating environmentally friendly buildings, and is deeply committed to the Passive House movement.
Passive House is an international construction standard maintained and continuously developed by the International Passive House Institute (PHI). Residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings constructed to these guidelines are characterized by significantly increased comfort and health for the occupants, extremely low energy consumption, durable construction quality, and knowledgeable project teams at the forefront of the construction industry.
When will I get access to the online materials?
As soon as you buy the course! Once you complete your registration you'll receive an email with a link to get started. You can start immediately!
When will I receive my textbook in the mail?
We wish we could make this magically arrive at your door in an instant but alas it takes a bit longer. First you'll need to register, then you'll need to fill out the shipping form you'll find in your student dashboard. Once we have all that we will do our best to get you your book before the start of the first Live Q&A.
What are the terms for refunds/cancellations
We have varying terms for online versus in-person training, even though both are purchased through our online platform. We also have special circumstances we must adhere to for Exams. Please read our Refund Policy for more information, and let us know if you have any questions.
How do you treat my data?
Can I share my login with a colleague or friend?
No. Our curriculum is licensed for single-use, and we monitor login activity for potential violations of the copyright over our intellectual property. That being said, we do have group pricing and licensing available at extremely competitive rates, and we would be happy to discuss your particular needs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer group pricing or in-house training?
Yes! If you would like to find out about group rates or licensing the curriculum for your in-house company training, please reach out to us here: Group Inquiry
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