Online training: Passive solar homes, hyper-performance domestic construction

Develop the technical knowledge to build using the principles of passive solar homes and to achieve sustainability and energy hyper-performance in domestic construction

This training course is given in webinar format, live, at the scheduled date and time. Take it whenever you want, wherever you live! Detailed connection instructions will be sent to you by e-mail before the training session, and a recorded copy of the course can be accessed freely from your Ecohome profile for future reference.

This training course is given live in a webinar format at the scheduled date and time so it can be attended from the location of your choosing. The course is also recorded and saved to the education hub in your member zone so it can be referenced in future as many times as you like!

Targets and objectives:

  • Learn building science concepts as they apply to foundations, walls, roofs and openings, and gain an understanding of the theory behind these four elements.
  • Understand the science behind the movement of moisture through building envelopes to ensure durabality, prevent moisture damage, safeguard indoor air quality, and achieve your energy efficiency goals.
  • Learn to create hyper-efficient building envelopes to achieve zero or low-energy consumption for heating and cooling systems.
  • Master all the concepts associated with building science, so you can apply them on site and avoid construction failures.
  • Learn the resilient design principles of how to construct buildings that require as little maintenance as possible. 

Who should attend:

The training course is aimed at housing professionals such as: architects, technologists, engineers and general contractors who want to gear their day-to-day professional practice towards building homes with greater sustainability, energy efficiency and durability.

Lesson Plan


  • Best practices for foundation insulation
  • Internal and external insulation techniques - the advantages and disadvantages
  • How to achieve Passive House certification for foundations


  • Construction details: taking a closer look at the cross-sections suggested in the "Eco-construction for professionals" course - cellulose walls, double-frame walls, insulated formwork
  • On-site installation and air sealing


  • How to determine when and at what level should a roof be ventilated
  • Learn when an unventilated roof make sense and how to build them


  • How to install windows to prevent water and air infiltration.

Bioclimatic design, fundamental principles

  • Orientation and location of buildings
  • How to capture, store and redistribute heat
  • Shading and heat dissipation
  • Glazing
  • The pros and cons of thermal mass in homes
  • Modelling and design tools

Types of structure and insulation choices

  • R.E.M.O.T.E wall (Residential Exterior Membrane Outside insulation TEchnique)
  • Insulation and its physical properties
  • Membranes - understanding and choosing the right air and vapor barriers
  • Infiltrometry and thermography

Case studies of real projects

  • Review successful projects, and learn common mistakes to avoid

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Ecohome is committed to offering high-quality, cutting-edge training in sustainable housing that is adapted to North America's climates and markets. All our training sessions are given by expert instructors with many years of experience in their respective fields. So you can be sure of a rewarding experience! And please look over our satisfaction policy to see that providing a positive and valuable experience for our participants is our priority. 

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May 2, 2024