PHPP Expert online course

Become a PHPP Expert. Learn to use PHPP for the energy modeling of non-residential and retrofit projects, to use designPH to optimize your workflow, and to calculate thermal bridges.

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  • Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant qualification
  • PHPP Basics course completion. You can find more about the PHPP Basic course here.
    Note: This is Module 3 of the CPHD/C course at the Passive House School.

Software used:

  • PHPP software license is required
  • designPH software (recommended). You can use a demo version during the course. Please note the demo version is a simplified version of the software version covered in the course
  • You will get a free trial for flixo – the software we use for thermal bridge calculations

The 3 modules that will fully prepare you to become a PHPP Expert

Our 3 modules will take you step by step from getting in-depth PHPP knowledge, teaching you how to make energy models for non-residential buildings, step-by-step retrofits, calculating design variants and assessing the investment costs, to streamlining your workflow with designPH and calculating and optimizing thermal bridges for your projects.

  • Enter complex residential and non-residential buildings, (step-by-step) retrofits and use the variant calculation to optimize a project’s energy efficiency
  • Learn to use the SketchUP plug-in, designPH, to create 3D models of a building envelope, how to assign component properties, update a building model, and export data into PHPP totally or partially.
  • Understand the calculation of thermal bridges, and how to set up a thermal bridge calculation in a 2-dimensional heat flow calculation software package.

Proven professional process

A step-by-step process that will enable you to master using PHPP for any types of projects, optimize your workflow with designPH and calculate thermal bridges.

Real world examples and actionable advice

All design and construction principles are taught based on real-world case studies – from cold to hot climates. 

In-depth feedback from industry experts

Hone your Passive House skills with feedback from the PHS experts, live sessions, and Q&A sessions.

MODULE 1: PHPP Advanced Masterclass

In this module, you will learn advanced PHPP concepts for more complex office and school buildings. You will learn about entering information for non-residential buildings in PHPP, curtain wall facades, shading factors, additional ventilation, but also how to calculate design variants, make economic calculations and how to use PHPP for step-by-step EnerPHits. All this will be taught based on a case study project.

What you'll learn in Module 1?

MODULE 2: designPH Masterclass

In the designPH Masterclass, you will learn how to use designPH for the design and certification of Passive House buildings. During the online course, you will be guided step-by-step through the building design process, from creating the 3D building model and analyzing it with designPH to exporting the model to PHPP. You will learn how to use all functionalities of deisgnPH based on a case study project which you will build and analyze with designPH.

What you'll learn in Module 2?

MODULE 3: Thermal Bridge Calculations Masterclass

Thermal bridges need to be assessed and cal­cu­lated sep­ar­ately thermal bridges sim­u­la­tion soft­ware, be­fore their val­ues are entered in the PHPP.

In this module we will cover everything you have to know about thermal bridge calculations – from the theory to practice. You will ac­quire in-depth knowledge on the sub­ject of thermal bridges, learn what boundary conditions should be used, how to calculate different types of thermal bridges, for example external wall to floor connections and window installations.   

This module also includes a thermal bridges work­shop where you will learn the basics of the free THERM software.

What you'll learn in Module 3?

BONUS: flixo Masterclass

Discover the intricacies of flixo in our Masterclass. Dive deep into flixo’s features, and establish a strong foundation for expert usage. Master the techniques unique to flixo and, by the end of the training, be adept at conducting thermal analyses.

Delve into the specifics of modeling thermal bridges with flixo, gaining insight into how design nuances influence the energy efficiency of High-Performance buildings and Passive House buildings. We’ll explore the key principles and protocols of thermal bridge modeling. Under expert guidance, you’ll get hands-on experience modeling several prevalent thermal bridges using flixo.

Become a worldwide accredited

PHPP Expert

Sample_certificate - PHPP Expert

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.

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Further Education Training

To be announced soon…

What our course participants say about the course:

Monita Ma

Monita Ma

Architect at Kaleo Architects

The course has been very well organised with step-by-step guidance on how to create the building model for designPH. The teaching was very clear and when I posted a question, the answer came very quickly, within a day of posting. Hence, the support has been great. This course has saved me many hours of trying to work out how to use Sketchup and designPH so has been a very worthwhile investment. Also, to be able to go back to all the video teachings with no expiry date has made this course invaluable.

Claudia Loiacono

Claudia Loiacono

Architect and CPHD at Cowan Architects

"The designPH Masterclass is an essential resource for whoever wishes to develop proficiency in DesignPH and learn the most time-effective workflow strategy to coordinate/transfer sets of information across the three softwares used: PHPP, DesignPH, and Sketchup. The practical step-by-step approach allows the student to build their own accurate model, with a clearly structured method, examples, tips, and tricks. The chance to arrange a meeting with the organizers and discuss your own project is also a vital feature to get professional feedback on your own project."

PHPP Expert coruse

Master using the designPH plugin for SketchUp. A step-by-step online course to design Passive House and Low Energy buildings using designPH.

$247 excl. tax

€1495 excl. tax

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Frequently Asked Questions

If your questions aren’t covered below, you can send us a message.

Who is this course for?

This course is for ALL Passive House Professionals, Sustainability Consultants, Energy Modelers, Architect and Engineers who want to become experts in the design process of Passive House and Low Energy buildings and want to streamline their Passive House energy modeling.

Is this course right for me?

This course is a good fir for you if you want to:

  • Become a PHPP Expert
  • Develop advanced knowledge of PHPP and master using the software for any type of building
  • Learn designPH and streamline your workflow
  • Learn to calculate and optimize thermal bridges


NOTE: Please check the prerequisites for this course which you can find here.

Which software do I need for the course?

For this course, you will need:

  • PHPP v9.6 (or later)
  • designPH v2.0 (or later). Alternatively, you can get a free designPH demo version
  • SketchUp Make (free version) or SketchUp Pro (paid version), and PHPP v9.6 (or later).
  • flixo software (free trial avaialble)


NOTE: You don’t need any prior knowledge with any of the softwares apart from PHPP. 

Do I have to know how to work with SketchUp?

No! We have a whole dedicated module in the course in which we teach you how to use SketchUp even if you have 0 experience with the software.

Is this course accredited by any institution?

Yes, the course is officially accredited by the Passive House Institute (PHI).

Also, the PHPP Expert title that you will acquire after passing the exam, is accredited and valid worldwide.

What is the time commitment and schedule for the class?

The course is comprised of online sessions and self-paced online modules. There are 4 weekly 3-hour live sessions. Around 30 hours are needed to complete all self-paced modules.

Are classes live? Do I have to log in at a specific time?

Each module consists of a live Q&A session and self-paced guided exercises. All live sessions will be recorded, so that you can rewatch them later while preparing for the exam or in case you were unable to join the live session. 

In each module are included self-paced pre-recorded exercises, allowing you to watch them whenever is best for you.

You’ll get many of the benefits of learning in-person but from the comfort of your own home with the flexibility of your own hours.

Is a designPH software license included in the course price?

No. However, you will get the option to purchase a software license at a discount after enrolling in the course.

I am already enrolled in the designPH Masterclass. Can I get a discount for the PHPP Expert course?

 If you’ve taken part in the designPH Masterclass, you are eligible for a discount. To get your discount, please send an email to from the email with which you are enrolled in the designPH Masterclass.

Note: These discounts cannot be combined with other offers and discounts.

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.

Note: These discounts cannot be combined with other offers and discounts.

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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