Passive House at AEA

Since 2012, AEA has been training and supporting contractors and designers to enable them to deliver projects that meet the high performance requirements of the Passive House Standard. 

The Certified Passive House Tradesperson course

In cooperation with the Passive House Academy, AEA provides the Certified Passive House Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) course at its Passive House and Installer Training Laboratory located at AEA’s Energy Management Training Center in the Bronx, New York City.  

The course is designed for experienced contractors and installers who need to learn about the materials used for passive house construction, and want hands-on experience applying the rigorous installation and detailing techniques required to achieve the demanding requirements for certification under the Passive House Standard.

Many techniques learned in this course are recognized as best practices for installers on any retrofit or new construction project for which maximizing energy savings is a goal. The knowledge and skills participants gain are easily applied to all Passive House projects. The class prepares students to take the examination for internationally recognized Certified Passive House Tradesperson credential from the Passive House Institute in Germany. 

Design professionals responsible for specifying and overseeing passive house construction jobs also benefit from this course, which helps them to more easily inspect and assess work underway at the job site.

This course, developed by the Passive House Academy, is taught by expert instructors who have earned the CPHT certification and have direct experience in multiple Passive House projects.

To find the next CPHT class, click here. Click on the grey “topic area” bar at the left, and select Passive House.

Since we began offering this class at AEA, we have seen growing demand from the contracting industry including both home builders and renovators and contractors working on multifamily and commercial projects. 

The Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer course

This  class is organized and delivered in the United States by the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN). Interested professionals may learn about upcoming Consultant courses on the NAPHN website. Registered Architects and licensed Professional Engineers who take and pass the certification exam become Certified Passive House Designers.  Those with other educational backgrounds who pass the exam become Certified Passive House Consultants.

AEA Passive House Consulting, Mentoring and Quality Control Services

AEA’s first Passive House Designers and Consultants provide are actively working with developers of new multifamily passive house construction projects

AEA’s Certified Passive House Tradespersons have performed roles as installers as well as mentoring and delivering design assurance, measurement and verification services, and quality control inspections of contractor work on a variety of Passive House projects in New York City and Chicago.  12 AEA employees – including construction managers, crew leaders, installers, trainers, auditors and analysts – now hold the Certified Passive House Tradesperson credential.

9 members of AEA’s technical services staff in New York and California have earned the Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant credential, giving us the capability to provide passive house consulting and modeling for developers on new Passive House or EnerPHit existing building projects. These professionals are building on their extensive experience as energy consultants to hundreds of existing building retrofit and high performance new construction projects.  AEA is the Passive House and energy consultant on a 68-unit Passive House under construction in Queens, New York City to be completed in 2018.

For more information about our Passive House design services, click here.



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