Postcard from Boot Camp

Hey all–Katrin and Mike Kernagis are busy in Kentucky and will report in on the Habitat celebration and builders training down there shortly. For today, here’s a short report on the first ever PHIUS Exam/Refresher Boot Camp.

This year — for the first time — PHIUS has been able to schedule the Certified Passive House Consultant exam on the last afternoon of each training class. Most students have opted to take the computer-based exam at the end of their training, while material is still fresh in mind. But many opt to take the exam later, after they’ve had time to absorb and review the material.

Prudence Ferreira was the drill sergeant for the first Exam Boot Camp.

Those folks, as well as trainees who take but do not pass test on their first attempt, have asked for a refresher exam-prep program. In response, PHIUS offered its first ever Exam Boot Camp Webinar May 1-5.

Prudence Ferreira–Veteran PHIUS instructor, CPHC, and owner of Integral Impact–developed and delivered the webinar curriculum. It started with a review of the basic energy balancing principles, and an intensive look at the formulas and calculations associated with the balancing act. That covered three full hours–plus homework–on the first afternoon.

The second afternoon was devoted to a design exercise, and the remaining days were essentially spent working through real-world problems and questions of the ilk that are presented in the exam.

Based on returned surveys, the inaugural class was a hit with the 15 participants.¬†“What I got was exactly what I needed,” was one participant’s succinct summary.

Still, it was the first time around, and there were some lessons learned. In particular, students and instructor agreed that next time around, another hour should be devoted to the design exercise. Based on this and other feedback, we’re looking forward to tweaking the program and offering it again later this year.

To those who participated in the first Boot Camp — thank you! If you’re planning to take the test and are interested in the next Boot Camp — or if you’re a passive house veteran and just want a refresher — check back at the PHIUS site for announcements. Of, if you want to be notified by email when we schedule the next Boot Camp Webinar, sign up here.


Mike Knezovich, PHIUS


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