PHPP 10 Basics

Using the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP10) in Passive House design and certification. A step-by-step online course to design Passive House and Low Energy buildings using the PHPP software

Special Launch Discount ending on 14.03.2022

Start Date

The PHPP Basics course is a self-paced online course and starts the moment you enroll.


There aren’t any hard requirements. It is, however, highly recommended to have knowledge about the Passive House design principles and to have completed the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant course

Estimated Time

The course consists of 10 hours of video lectures and in total are needed around 35 hours to complete all exercises.

What is the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP10)?

The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is an MS Excel-based energy balance and efficiency design tool for highly energy efficient buildings and retrofits, which provides all relevant calculations and verifications in a clear and simple way. With PHPP version 10, several new functions are released in addition to feature extensions.

With the PHPP you can create a complete building model and use it to determine the energy performance of both the whole building and its individual elements. Every design change will be instantly displayed and you will be able to efficiently rule out non-compliant designs and optimize the building performance.

The reliability of the calculation results and ease of use of this planning tool has already been experienced by several thousand users. In the context of accompanying scientific research in several completed projects in various climates, measured results were compared with the calculated results. In the process, a high correlation could be demonstrated between the demand calculated using the PHPP and the consumption ascertained through scientific monitoring projects. With careful planning of building efficiency, there will be no performance gaps.

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Course Overview

During the PHPP Basics online course you will learn how to use the PHPP software for residential building design and certification. You will be guided step-by-step through all the relevant worksheets while learning how to minimize the potential mistakes and what data to use for the calculations.

We are firm believers in the learning-by-doing ideology. Therefore, the module is taught based on a sample project, where you will make preliminary and final energy calculations, assess the building heat loss and overheating in the summer, as well as the impact of the different design decisions on the building’s energy performance. At the end of the module, you’ll be familiar with all relevant functionalities of the software and you’ll be able to model your own residential Passive House projects. We will also show you how to work with designPH and optimize your PHPP workflow.

After completing the first PHPP model, you will make a second energy model (based on architectural drawings and additional information) to solidify your learnings. By the end of the course you will have completed 2 energy models in PHPP and you will be ready to start working on your first client project in PHPP.

Course Objectives

Course Outcomes

Meet your course instructors

Learn from industry experts

Anton Dobrevski

Co-Founder, Certified Passive House Consultant & Trainer, Leed Green Associate

Anton became one of the youngest Certified Passive House Consultants in the world at the age of 16. He is also an accredited Passive House Trainer by the PHI and a LEED Green Associate. Anton graduated with a Master’s degree in architecture at the Delft University of Technology. Currently, he is designing and consulting multiple Passive House projects all over the globe. Anton is a passionate advocate of the Passive House Standard and his aim is to make the Passive House Standard accessible to people all over the world. In his spare time, Anton enjoys music, karate, yoga, and traveling.

Svetlin Dobrevski

Co-Founder, Passive House Certifier, Certified Passive House Consultant

Svetlin is Passive House Trainer, Consultant, and Certifier globally accredited by the Passive House Institute. He designed, built, and now lives in the first Passive House Classic in Bulgaria. Svetlin has been delivering Passive House Designer courses for over 10 years and he trained 250+ people from over 20 countries. He has 25+ years of experience in the building sector and worked on numerous Passive House projects all over the world. He was also a keynote speaker at the International Passive House Conferences in 2017 and 2018. In his spare time, Svetlin enjoys hiking in nature, fencing, and archery.

Course Curriculum

PHPP and designPH Introduction

Introduction to using the PHPP and designPH software in Passive House design and construction

PHPP Folder structure explained

Explaining the folder structure of the PHPP software

PHPP Overview

Overview of the whole software

Opaque building envelope

Making inputs for the opaque building envelope of the building

TFA and Thermal Bridge inputs

Learning to calculate the TFA of the building and make inputs for the thermal bridges

Windows and components

Making inputs for the windows and window components of the building


Entering shading objects

Ventilation and heating

Entering all data for the ventilation system and the heating system of the building

Cooling and summer comfort

Entering mechanical systems for cooling and dehumidification to meet the summer comfort requirenments

DHW, Electricity and Renewable energy production

Making inputs for the Domestic Hot Water system, Electricity usage and Renewable energy production

Checking the PHPP inputs

Checking all inputs for any mistakes and whether all the comfort criteria are met

Optimizing the design

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the PHPP to optimize the design and how to choose the right components for any project using the PHPP so that the building meets the high comfort and energy efficiency criteria of the Passive House standard.

Using designPH to optimize the workflow

You will learn how you can use designPH to optimize the workflow with PHPP and minimize potential mistakes


Get additional CP for the renewal of your CPHD/C certificate

Further Education Training

The PHPP10 Basics course is recognized by PHI as further education training for Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants with 12 CPs under the ID: K021_2023_NL. If you require a confirmation of completion please email:

Get your PHPP10 Basics certificate

What our course participants say about the course:

Zoran Cvetkovski

Zoran Cvetkovski

Founder Sustainability-Z

“The seminar was a big success. The style and knowledge of the presenters was totally amazing. I feel confident that can use the software and start modeling various buildings.”

Joakim Ho

Joakim Ho

Building Designer at Natural Matters Design

“I think the course was a great intro to PHPP and designPH. Svetlin and Anton are very knowledgable and together do a great job presenting the material.”

Tom Hayes

Tom Hayes

Jefcoate Anderson Architects

"The course was very well thought through and explained enough information to get me started using the software."

PHPP10 Basics

Using PHPP10 in Passive House Design and Certification. A step-by-step online course to design Passive House and Low Energy buildings using the PHPP software

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is the PHPP software included in the course price?

No. However, if you don’t have PHPP, when registering for the course, at the checkout, you can add the latest version of the PHPP software to your purchase.

Who is this course for?

This course is for ALL building professionals working on the design and construction of Passive House and Low Energy buildings.

Having knowledge of the Passive House design principles is not enough – you should have a reliable software to make the energy models and optimize your designs. That’s exactly what the PHPP software is used for.

With the PHPP you can create a complete building model and use it to determine the energy performance of any building in any climate zone and get a reliable calculation results. Therefore the PHPP software is the energy modelling tool used for certification of Passive House buildings.

Which software do I need for the course?

For this course, you will need PHPP v10 and MS Excel (or L:ibreOffice – a free alternative to MS Excel).

Is this course part of the PHPP Expert course?
Yes! The PHPP Basics course is part of the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant course organized by the Passive House School.
Is this course accredited by any institution?
What is the time commitment and schedule for the class?

The course consists of 11+ hours of video lectures and in total are needed around 35 hours to complete all exercises.

As all lectures are pre-recorded, the online course starts the moment you enroll. You can complete it at your own pace and work through it as fast or slow as you wish. For those of you who prefer to follow a structured program, we created 2 course schedules that you can follow to complete the course depending on how much time you want to spend per week. After you enroll in the course, you will have lifetime access to all lectures and future updates.
Are classes live? Do I have to log in at a specific time?

The PHPP Basics course is a self-paced course and all lectures are pre-recorded. You can complete it in your own time and work through it as fast or slow as you wish.

Do I get a discount as a student or an iPHA Member?

Students and iPHA members get a 10% discount.

If you are an iPHA Member, please send an email to with a link to your iPHA membership to provide you with a discount code.

If you are a student, please send your proof of enrollment to from your student email address.

Can I get an invoice for my purchase?

You will receive a receipt for your purchase which is tax compliant and can be used for claiming business expenses. For this, you have to enter your business details and VAT number (if applicable) on the checkout and you will receive your receipt via email after enrolling in the course.

If you live in a country where an invoice is required by law, the platform we use for our courses (teachable) will issue an invoice in PDF format for your purchase. If an invoice is not required by law, you will receive a receipt for your purchase.

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