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Fundamentals of Zero Energy/Emissions and Passive House Buildings XZEB 1001

Net-Zero & Passive House Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This course covers the fundamentals of for zero energy/emissions and Passive House buildings, with focus on wood-frame construction. The course will help learners develop their knowledge of international, national and provincial zero energy/emissions buildings codes and standards. Students will also develop an understanding of zero energy/emissions buildings principles, science, systems, materials and cost. The course presents multiple case studies and provides a strong foundation for subsequent zero energy/emissions building courses. Key topics include: BC Energy Step Code, Net Zero, Zero Carbon and Passive House standards, operational and embodied carbon, energy efficiency performance metrics, building science, integrated design, low-TEDI and airtight enclosures, and costing. This course is offered online with live virtual lectures and self-paced learning in the BCIT Learning Hub.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of XZEB 1001 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 90755


Thu Jan 19 - Thu Feb 16 (5 weeks)

  • 5 weeks
  • CRN 90755
  • $379.08
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 19 - Feb 16 Thu 13:00 - 16:00 Online
Jan 19 - Feb 16 N/A N/A Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. This is a 5 week course with online lectures on Thursdays (1PM-4PM) from Jan 19 to Feb 16, 2023. Instructional sessions are delivered through a live interactive web-lecture through online course portal (BCIT Learning Hub) by industry subject matter expert instructors. Additional independent learning is completed in the online course portal.

Sneak Preview

This section is only available for registration starting Wed October 26, 2022 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Compare the BC Energy Step Code, near Net Zero Energy building, Zero Carbon, and Passive House standards.
  • Describe the integrated design and construction processes associated with zero energy/emissions and Passive House projects.
  • Describe the 6 principles of high-performance buildings and the "envelope-first approach" to near Zero Energy Buildings.
  • Explain the fundamentals of building science as it relates to heat, air, and moisture transmission.
  • Understand emerging issues related to materials and assemblies.
  • Describe the common mechanical and electrical systems found in Net Zero Energy and Passive House buildings (heating, cooling, domestic hot water, ventilation with heat recovery).
  • Explain the approaches to evaluating costs and decision making for Net Zero Energy and Passive House buildings.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2022

Related Programs

Fundamentals of Zero Energy/Emissions and Passive House Buildings (XZEB 1001) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Essentials of Net-Zero and Passive House Construction
    Microcredential Part-time
  2. Supervising Net-Zero and Passive House Construction
    Microcredential Part-time


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