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Presenter: David Horton

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Lexington, KY

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13955

Product Number: 16H KYPSVHSE 4 19 CDMN

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This audio recording is approximately 7 hours in length and is available for $279 (including shipping). Please refer to specific state licensing rules or certification requirements to determine if this learning method is eligible for continuing education credit.

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 - 4:30 pm

Understanding the Energy Efficiency of Conventional Construction

   Facts and figures on residential energy use

   History of energy-conserving residential construction

   Building code requirements

   Energy conservation incentives

Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development

   History of certifying agencies in US: PHI and PHIUS

   Passive House Standard: voluntary performance-based building envelope energy standard

   Energy calculations: how and when to perform them

   Energy calculation tools: an introduction to tools andtheir functionality

   Assembling a team to ensure quality and performance

   Examining common design features of Passive Houses

Architectural Elements of Passive Houses

   Siting, sizing and orientation

   Super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging

   Efficient ventilation

   Ultra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances

   Summer shading and cooling strategies

   Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies

   Integrating renewable energy technologies

Mechanical Systems in Passive Houses

   Optimizing heat gains

      • Passive solar heat gains

      • Indoor environmental heat gains

   Heat exchangerSupplemental heating

   Renewable energy system integration

   Energy-efficient appliances

Evaluating Passive House Case Studies

   Adapting Passive House for New Jersey

   Case studies: in the planning process, under construction and finished projects


David Horton

Director of Green Certifications, Sol Design + Consulting
Mr. Horton is a skilled tradesman turned energy geek. He began his journey retrofitting historic buildings. As Mr. Horton saw the care required to restore historic buildings, he hoped to be able to modernize their performance. Through training provided by PHIUS, GBCI, RESNET and other building performance-oriented organizations, he acquired the necessary skills to guide project teams to the highest performing building approach possible. Mr. Horton has done this by working on hundreds of Energy Star homes, more than 300 LEED projects, and Passive House projects spread out across six states. As one of the founding members of Passive House Alliance Kentucky, he aims to bring Passive House and other high-performance building approaches to the mainstream. Mr. Horton has been the CPHC or PHIUS+ Rater on projects in Indiana, Cincinnati, Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri. He provides consulting support on multifamily PHIUS+ projects in central and western Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. He has been the green rater and HERS rater on 300+ LEED projects totaling thousands of units and has acted as field quality assurance for Raters under HERS Providers for multiple years. Mr. Horton has created solutions to a plethora of problems in old buildings, with respect to energy efficiency, and has been part of teams that constructed multiple different building types with multiple uses. Mr. Horton holds CPHC, PHIUS+ Rater, HERS Rater/QAD/Trainer, LEED AP Homes and LEED Green Rater/QAD certifications.