Visit and experience a Passive House

With the help of TE Studio, its Clients and Partners, three Passive House open houses are offered in the metro area during the 2019 international Passive House Days. Saturday’s feature is St. Paul’s first certified Passive House project—one of only a couple of certified Passive House Plus projects in North America. This is followed on Sunday by recent crowd-pleaser “The Nordeast Nest“, and the third construction tour of Minneapolis’ carbon-neutral “Good Energy Haus“.

Experience all three November 9 and 10, 2019. Get your free tickets below.

Follow up the Passive House Days with your certified Passive House Tradesperson Training November 12-16. Click for details.

Lexington Parkway Passive House Plus
St. Paul, MN
Saturday, November 9 from 2pm until 4pm
> Free Lexington Pkwy PH Ticket

Nordeast Nest
Northeast Minneapolis
Sunday, November 10 from 10am until Noon
> Free Nordeast Nest Ticket

Good Energy Haus
Construction Tour # 3
Northeast Minneapolis
Sunday, November 10 from 2pm until 4pm
> Free Good Energy Haus Ticket

2019 Certified Passive House Tradesperson Training

Minneapolis, Nov 12-16, 2019


Get advanced building science training and become a PHI Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT). Learn about the most advanced construction standard in the world, how to implement passive principles in your projects, and everything necessary to become a Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) through the International Passivhaus Institute (PHI). Open to all tradespeople and project team members with working knowledge of construction. Sign up here.

With 4 days of in-class instruction and a hands on workshop, participants will get a thorough grounding in the critical aspects of Passive House design and construction. Participants will be able to apply the lessons learned directly to their real-world work experience, and join a team in making Passive House buildings. Upon successfully passing the exam, participants will receive a five year registration as an internationally accredited Certified Passive House Tradesperson.

This course is for all building professionals: MEP and structural engineers and builders and construction managers working in the design and construction of new build and retrofit Passive House buildings. 

Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) Training:

What is a CPHT?
CPHT = Certified Passive House Tradesperson. The CPHT training ensures participants are equipped with the necessary framework and interdisciplinary skills to effectively convey the international Passive House (PH) standard. After passing the exam, CPHTs are given membership and are listed in the database on the International Passive House Institute (PHI) website for 5 years.

NAPHN’s Certified Passive House Tradesperson course is the premier training program for Passive House construction professionals. Supported by a 25+ year history of global technical leadership by the Passive House Institute – this course is specifically designed to teach the international Passive House Standard to American professionals making Passive House buildings in the U.S. construction industry.

This course is provided in collaboration with the Emu Systems, the Passive House Institute (PHI), and NAPHN Chaper PHMN. All curriculum is provided by Emu Systems.

For all questions please contact NAPHN by email: or by phone: 929-376-8537.

Curriculum Outline:

  • Unit 1: Passive House Basics
  • Unit 2: Passive House Economics in North America
  • Unit 3: Thermal Insulation
  • Unit 4: Thermal Bridges
  • Unit 5: Windows + Transparent Components
  • Unit 6: Existing Buildings
  • Unit 7: Air Tightness and Moisture Management
  • Unit 8: Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery
  • Unit 9: Efficient Heating, Cooling and Domestic Hot Water
  • Unit 10: Quality Assurance


The exam is a multiple choice, structured in three parts:
• Passive House Basics – 45 minutes
• Building Envelope – 45 minutes
• Building Services – 45 minutes
The first section, Passive House Basics, is required. Each participant may choose to take the exam specifically for Envelope, Services, or both.

Registration/Ticket Options: 

Full Course Package (Early Bird): $1,575.00 – 4 day in-class, plus materials, exam & 5 year professional registration.

Full Course Package/Member Only (Early Bird): $1,4750.00 – Full course package is available at a discounted rate to members of NAPHN or PHMN.

Exam Only: $400.00 – Please note that is recommended that you take the course. The exam is open-book, pass/fail (50%).


Contact NAPHN:


phone: 929-376-8537


Disclaimer: By schedule and financial necessity, this course is not meant to produce fully formed Passive House professionals, but rather form a foundation of knowledge that the professional can then take and build on with a lifetime of learning. This is a five day intensive course, with accompanying 3 day equivalent of online teaching, in the basic building science and learning objectives which provides specific knowledge to begin working as a Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant. 

Please note: NAPHN reserves the right to cancel or postpone this course at any time. We generally will give registrants 2 weeks notice prior to the course if we need to make any changes.

Passive House MN Happy Hour

Join us for drinks at Fair State Brewing Co-op in Minneapolis!

This is Passive House MN’s monthly Meet&Greet (happy hour) where board members and others in the local PH community get together to discuss Passive House and drink marvelous beers.

All are welcome — whether you are Passive House practitioner, building owner, supplier, real estate agent, developer, or general supporter — we hope to see you there!

June 25, 2019
6:30 – 8:00pm

Fair State Brewing Cooperative
2506A Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

We will share news about upcoming local Passive House events as well as CPHT (Certified Passive House Tradesperson) and CPHD/C (Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant) trainings which we’re excited to be offering in the Twin Cities starting this November!

This Meet&Greet is planned for every fourth Tuesday of the month. The venue may be subject to change but our pursuit of Passive House for everyone will remain!

Minnesota ASHRAE Chapter Education Seminar

The MN Chapter of ASHRAE is partnering with the MN Chapter of ASPE to offer a joint Educational Seminar this spring. The format will include four lecture sessions, each with an ASPE speaker and an ASHRAE speaker, and attendees will have an option of choosing an ASHRAE or an ASPE lecture for each lecture session. Lunch, mid-afternoon breaks, and afternoon social hour with two drink tickets are included with admission. Vendor tables and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Of particular interest for Passive House folks: 3:15 – 4:15 Track #4:

Energy Recovery for a Passive House

     Speaker: Mike Woosley, Certified Passive House Designer, Business Development Manager, Swegon

Passive House is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. This presentation will discuss HVAC systems for Passive House design, with a focus on energy recovery systems.