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designPH Course

Learn to wield the 3D modelling tool that has revolutionized Passive House energy modelling

Upcoming: Certified Passive House Designer Course

Jan 16

In this 6-week online course, participants will learn how to use designPH for the design and certification of Passive House buildings. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the building design process, from building model creation to exporting to PHPP. A major focus will be on iterative design to achieve the Passive House criteria. A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting a designPH model for building certification.

We Offer

  • In-depth instruction on how to use all the features of designPH, plus some relevant SketchUp tools  
  • An exploration of pitfalls in designPH and exporting the PHPP  
  • Training that can help save you time, money, and headache on your projects 
start date
April 9th
2 weeks
9:30am to 1:30pm EDT
CPD Credits

Course Dates: April 9, 11, 16 and 18 from 9:30am to 1:30pm EDT

Course Outcomes

  • A solid understanding of designPH features 
  • Knowledge of how to iteratively refine the model to achieve the Passive House criteria 
  • Techniques to streamline your PH modelling 
  • Practical experience completing a full designPH model of a house 


  • Passive House Design and Construction course 
  • PHPP for Passive House Design and Construction course 
  • Experience using PHPP on a project 
  • Familiarity with reading construction drawings 
  • Participants who lack one or more of these may find it difficult to keep up with the course material and exercises 
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Learning objectives

  1. Create a 3D model of a building in Sketchup
  2. Determine key building characteristics, including areas, volumes, and shading
  3. Learn how to use the designPH interface and access the components database
  4. Assign building components and performance data to the building model
  5. Calculate a simplified annual energy balance for the building
  6. Learn how to iteratively refine the model to achieve the Passive House criteria.
  7. Export building characteristics and import them into PHPP
  8. Capture and document data and calculations for Passive House certification
  9. Gain practical experience in completing a designPH model for a residential development

Ideal for:

  • PHPP Modellers

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This course is a good fit if:

  • You want a tool that will streamline your Passive House energy modelling  
  • You want to explore the energy performance of early design options without committing a significant amount of time and resources to energy modelling
  • You would like to spend more time modelling and less time doing takeoffs
  • You need a tool that will help you effectively document your modelling work for Passive House certification

Further Education Training:

The designPH course is recognized by PHI as further education training for Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants with 16 CPs under the ID: K087-2018-CA. If you require a confirmation of completion please email:

Meet Your Instructors

Andrew Peel

Founder, President, Accredited Passive House Certifier and Trainer

Andrew is a seasoned Passive House trainer, consultant, and building certifier accredited by the German Passive House Institute. His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, programme management, technical and non-technical articles and publications, course and lecture delivery, and technical research. He has been delivering high quality educational courses for over 22 years, including 13 years of Passive House training, both for Passive House Canada and independently.

Andrew has a tremendous depth of knowledge and experience in building energy performance and technology assessment and modelling. This includes managing the UK Government’s innovative carbon saving technologies scheme and the Energy Saving Trust’s Best Practice Helpline. He also had the good fortune of working at the Passive House Institute, developing algorithms for the PHPP. Andrew is a former founding board member of Passive House Canada and tireless, passionate advocate for Passive House.

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Get training from the most respected consultants in the field

Our trainers are active consultants working on pioneering projects within the industry.  Our breadth and depth of experience with different project types are unmatched by other training providers.

Get the latest developments from the industry

Our course content is continually updated to ensure relevancy.Go beyond theory – gain practical knowledge that can be applied immediately.

Engage in a world class course with leading-edge material.

Our training methodology has been finely honed over years to deliver training to diverse learners. The right foundation to prepare for the CPHC exam.

What our students are saying about our courses

Peel Passive House is where I took my CPHC/D course and exam. The PPH crew is awesome, the cumulative knowledge and experience is legit. 10/10 would recommend to a friend, or my Mum if she ever decided to take a weirdly sharp turn in occupational direction.

I do not come from an educational AEC or engineering background. Being self taught when it comes to building physics and energy modelling; Andrew and Melissa's course was presented in a way that was easy to understand and digest, LOTS of visual data and very effective means of sorting and annotating material that helps maximize the learning from every slide. Andrew Peel is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to Passive House and my only regret is that due to Geography I was not able to take the course in person.


A great team to work with and learnfrom!


Thanks to Peel Passive House ConsultingLtd. for a fantastic course and compiling an extensive curriculum that goes above and beyond not just preparing you for the exam, but fully inculcating the intricacies of the underlying scientific concepts.


Andrew walked us through the various aspects of PH from start to finish in a very organized manner. His practical experienced gave us great insight into how the various PH principles can be implemented and the challenges that go along with them. No course is going to turn you into a PH specialist, but this sets you up nicely to get into the industry to become one!


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