Passive House & All-Electric Homes Training

Take Energy Efficiency to a New Level

The Sponsors of Mass Save®, in partnership with Passive House Massachusetts, have launched a Passive House & All-Electric Homes Training offer to support workforce development and market transformation in the energy efficiency and building construction industries. Our goal is to enhance the skill set of the energy efficiency workforce in Massachusetts. You can keep up with the growing demand for high-performance housing and become certified as a Passive House builder, consultant, designer, rater, verifier, or tradesperson by the Phius and the Passive House Institute (PHI).


What is Passive House?

Passive House design focuses on robust insulation and air tightness, high-performing glazing, and simplified mechanical systems to achieve significantly lower energy use while creating a comfortable and resilient space for inhabitants.


What is an All-Electric Home?

All-Electric Homes utilize high-performance heat pump technology for heating, cooling, and water heating. They feature super-insulated building envelopes to minimize heat loss, leaks, and drafts to maximize energy efficiency. These homes have no on-site fossil fuels.


Educating Professionals - and Evolving the Market

Scaling the Passive House & All-Electric Homes market in Massachusetts requires increased awareness among both the design and building communities regarding the stringent requirements of these high-performance homes. This is a critical component of advancing energy efficiency implementation efforts and furthering energy-saving building construction across the commercial and residential sectors.

To this end, the Passive House & All-Electric Homes Training offer creates a viable, mature, and cost-effective pathway for business partners to invest in workforce training and professional development. A multi-pronged training approach offered by the Sponsors of Mass Save will minimize, and in many cases eliminate, the cost burden to participants.


Training Channels

Lunch and Learns
Target Audience: Architects, builders, contractors, designers, developers, engineers, financing agencies, and municipal officials
For developers and general contracting firms that need a high-level introduction to Passive House standards, development costs, project delivery, and more
These 1–2 hour events are presented at no cost to participants and is Continuing Education Unit (CEU)-eligible for Passive House credentials
Building Science Workshops
Target Audience: Architects, builders, developers, engineers, estimators, general contractors, project teams, and sub-contractors
Covering building science best practices, quality assurance, and more
These half-day training events are presented at no cost to participants and is Continuing Education Unit (CEU)-eligible for Passive House credentials
Passive House Accreditations
Target Audience: Passive House builders, consultants, designers, raters, tradespeople, and verifiers
Offer 50% cost reimbursement to participants upon successful completion of certification.
Requires submission of reimbursement application.
Training time varies based on the training course selected; limit two participants per company per training course.


All-Electric Home & Passive House Training

The examples below highlight an array of Passive House & All-Electric Homes Trainings.

Lunch and Learns
Passive House 101: An Introduction to Passive Buildings Humidity & Moisture Control in Multi-Family Passive Houses
Passive House 201: Technical Aspects of Passive Buildings Making the Switch to All-Electric
Passive House & All-Electric Homes Incentive Overview Ventilation Demand Control Systems
Internal & Solar Heat Gain in Multi-Family Buildings Passive House & All-Electric Homes Case Studies
Passive House Process: The Path to Certification Next Generation HVAC Solutions: Hybrid VRF Design and Water Loops
Building Science Workshops
Quality Assurance/Quality Control Techniques for Ensuring Success Cost Estimation for Passive House
The Passive House Affordable Design Manual Embodied Carbon for Passive House: Tools & Materials
Carpentry and HVAC Subcontractor Workshop Passive House Verification: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Passive House
Heat Pumps Best & Worst Practices: Designing, Installing, and Operating Air Sourced Heat Pumps Airtightness Testing for Large Buildings
Heat Pump Water Heaters: Design & Best Practices Passive House for Municipalities
Lessons Learned: Avoiding Common Mistakes for Multi-Family Passive House Advanced Air Sealing for Contractors
Cost-Effective Passive House HVAC for Passive House
High-Performance Building Assemblies for Single-Family Homes Construction Techniques for Continuous Envelope Insulation


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All-Electric Home & Passive House Incentives

In addition to training, we offer incentives and assistance to support the construction of multi-family high-rise buildings (five units or more) with deep energy savings. Certification and performance incentives are available to assist builders and developers in achieving a Passive House or similar level of efficiency. We also offer enhanced incentives for single-family and 2-4 unit homes that meet certain high-performance, All-Electric criteria. 


Ready to get started? We are here to help.

Keep up with the growing demand for high-performance housing and become certified as a Passive House builder, consultant, designer, rater, or verifier. 
Check out the Mass Save Passive House Learning Center to register for upcoming trainings. Or contact us anytime at:


Photo credit: Distillery North, Boston, Massachusetts’ first certified multi-family Passive House, developed by Second Street Developers and designed by ICON architects. © Trent Bell • trentbellphotography