NAPHN 2020 “Choose Your Future” Conference

New York City, June 11-12, 2020. Learn more.

“Choose Your Future” is a call to action – to recognize the power of individuals to produce change and to build a movement; a call for us all to not forfeit our influence over events but to use it. Our time. Our money. Our emotions. Our brainpower. All of these are individual investments in future outcomes; in a future that is increasingly uncertain but still ours to shape through our actions, decisions and commitments. Passive House is a way for us to reliably invest in that future.

Accelerating climate disruptions and public policy initiatives are driving uncertainty about the future effectiveness of our investments today. The core mission of Passive House 2020 is to demonstrate and discuss how (and why) building owners, developers, and occupants are choosing Passive House to improve outcomes, minimize uncertainty and risk, provide more control, increase performance and enhance well-being.

There will be in-depth workshops for the two days prior to the conference and building tours the day after. Building owners, industry professionals, manufacturers, and policymakers will share how they leverage the international Passive House Standard, and choose their futures.

January High Performance Homes Classes

Passive House supporter Larry Mayer is putting on four exciting and relevant training classes in January at the Maple Grove Community Center. We added all of them to the Passive House Minnesota calendar. Learn more and sign up for each class by clicking on the headlines below.

1) Introduction to Green Building Principles

  • For Appraisers & Lending Underwriters – Level 1 Design & Industry Overview
  • Monday, January 27, 2020 from 7:15 AM to 5:00 PM CST
  • 7 CE credits + 1 for passing test at end of day
  • $50 (typically $220) including lunch
  • Please visit to process your payment

2) Case Studies of Residential Green Buildings

  • For Appraisers & Lending Underwriters – Level 2 Case Workup Training
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 7:15 AM to 5:00 PM CST
  • 7 CE credits + 1 for passing test at end of day
  • $50 (typically $220) including lunch
  • Please visit to process your payment

3) Describing, Documenting, Valueing, Marketing, and Financing

  • For Realtors, Lending Loan Officers, Loan Underwriters
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 7:15 AM to 12:00 PM CST
  • 4 CE credits

4) High-Performance Homes Financing Rules

  • For Builders, Designers, Project Managers, Energy Assessors, Home Inspectors & Building Inspectors
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM CST 
  • 4 CE credits

November Passive House Happy Hour

This month we are having another Happy Hour at Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. Join us Tuesday, November 26th at 6:30pm.

Some of the recent Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) trainees will be there to share their experience, as well as Etienne Gubler of Siga.

Tim Eian of TE Studio will be there to talk about last week’s international Passive House Open Days as well as the first certified Passive House Plus building in Minnesota.

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.