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    Join us for a series of advanced passive house and net zero design courses at BED


    The Burlington Electric Department (BED), Better Bee, and Yestermorrow Design/Build School are launching a series of courses designed to advance and accelerate passive house and net zero design in Burlington. The courses will take place at BED, on Pine Street in Burlington.

    BED is offering 50% off tuition for professionals who work in Burlington. If you would like to apply for a discount, you can apply here.

    Passive House Consultants Training

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    Phase 1 (online): Begins October 16th (complete at your leisure before November 27)
    Phase 1 (in person): November 27 - December 1 

    Location: Burlington Electric Department
    Exam: December 1

    CPHC is the only professional passive building credential training program that includes instruction in energy modeling software and the only professional passive building credential with a continuing education program.

    First launched in 2008, PHIUS established the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) credential to distinguish accomplished passive house professionals in the marketplace. CPHC training was the first – and is still the only – passive building training program tailored to North America’s unique climate variations, market conditions, and building components. PHIUS, the leading North American passive building training provider, has trained over 2,000 professionals to date, including 1,350 CPHCs. 

    High Performance Buildings for the Trades: Practical Methods for Energy Efficient Buildings

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    December 4-5, 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: South End Joinery, Burlington, VT

    Today's renovations and new construction projects require a higher level of building enclosure quality than ever before - both the Vermont Residential and Commercial Energy Standards and the market demand buildings that are reasonably well-insulated and air-tight, and opportunities and rewards exist for those seeking to reach high-performance standards. Increasing air-tightness and insulation carries risks, however, both for the home (moisture damage, indoor air quality problems) and the contractor (best practices, worker training, cost planning). In this course, designed with the professional contractor in mind, we will unpack the strategies, concepts, tools, and technologies behind building and renovating air-tight buildings.

    Led by practicing experts in the field with a passion for education, this course uses a combination of full-scale models, hands-on practice, small-group discussion and exercises, and large-group presentations to look at air sealing from all angles, including: evaluating risks and opportunities in the building; designing details and scoping the project; selecting, sourcing, and installing materials; testing and evaluating results; and working with subcontractors and allied professionals.

    Whether you are remodeling contractor unsure of how to meet Energy Code, a weatherization contractor looking to offer better service with better results, or a new home builder looking for a competitive advantage in the market for efficient construction, this course will set you on the right track for building a safe, tight, and durable buildings.

    Using PHPP in Passive House Design and Certification

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    December 11 - 13. 9:00am - 5:00pm each day
    Location: Burlington Electric Department

    In this three-day course, participants will learn how to use the PHPP for residential building design and certification.  Participants will be guided step-by-step through the relevant worksheets, while learning the correct conventions for measurements and calculations.  Proper documentation will also covered in detail.  A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting PHPP calculations for building certification.

    Thermal Bridge Calculations

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    December 14 - 15. 9:00am - 5:00pm each day
    Location: Burlington Electric Department

    In this two-day course, participants will learn the fundamentals of thermal bridging calculations for wood-framed construction.  Common junction details and their modelling conventions will be examined. Modelling techniques will be taught using Therm. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform calculations and have them reviewed in class.