HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Presenter: Donald L. Pratt

Recording Date:

Recording Location: East Lansing, MI

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 15089

Product Number: 18 MIRESCOD 4 13 CDMN MB

State-Specific Continuing Education Info:


This audio recording is approximately 6.5 hours in length and is available for $289 (including shipping). Please refer to specific state licensing rules or certification requirements to determine if this learning method is eligible for continuing education credit.

How to Use

HalfMoon will mail you these materials via USPS. Please allow 5 weeks from the date of purchase to receive your product. If the live seminar is in the future, please allow 5 weeks from the date of the live seminar.

The USB+PDF package includes either an Mp3 audio recording of a live seminar, or video recording of a live webinar on a USB thumb drive along with a PDF file of the manual that was distributed at the seminar/webinar. The manual contains written materials prepared by the seminar speaker(s).

The webinar video recording requires completion of a follow-up quiz with 80% or greater accuracy (multiple attempts allowed) in order to download a certificate of completion for the program. The acceptance of self-administered continuing education activities varies widely between states and professions. Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.
The Mp3 audio recording contains embedded number codes, which you are required to document and return to HalfMoon if you wish to obtain a certificate of completion for the program. The acceptance of self-administered continuing education activities varies widely between states and professions. Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.

HalfMoon Education guarantees its products. The self-study products are recorded from a live seminar and there are circumstances where an audio recording is not available. HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. If you are not happy with a product you receive, you can return the product for a full refund. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.


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

Development and Enforcement of 2015 Michigan Residential Code

   History of the International Residential Code (IRC) and the Michigan Residential Code (MRC)
   Adoption and enforcement of Michigan Residential Code
   Recent and anticipated Code amendments
   Future of the Code

Building Planning and Shell Construction (Chapters 2-10)

   Alternative provisions and design criteria
   Wind effects and protection of openings
   Seismic provisions
   Story height and live loads
      • Snow loads
   Fire-resistant construction and exterior walls
   Dwelling unit separations and garage separation
   Ceiling heights
      • Glazing
   Garages and carports
   Ingress, egress and stairways
   Fire and carbon monoxide safety and detection
   Foam plastic
   Wood and wood-based products
      • Accessibility
   Floods, storms and drainage
   Soils and foundations
      • Framing and fastening
   Walls and wall covering
      • Roof/ceiling construction
   Roof assemblies
      • Fireplaces and chimneys

Energy Efficiency (Chapter 11)

      • Building thermal envelope
   Climate classifications
   Permanent energy certificate
   Insulation and fenestration
   Building systems
      • Lighting

Mechanical, Fuel, Plumbing and Electrical Systems

   Appliance installation and exhaust systems
      • Hydronic systems
   Fuel gas systems and appliances
   Plumbing fixtures
      • Drains
   Backflow preventers, venting, sumps and ejectors
   Fire sprinkler systems
   Electrical system grounding
   Intersystem bonding termination
   Overcurrent devices
      • Electrical outlets
      • Pools, spas and hot tubs


Donald L. Pratt

President & CEO, Construction Education and Consulting Services of Michigan
Mr. Pratt began working in his family-owned construction business in 1965. Over the years, he has had hands-on experience with all of the construction trades as well as with professionals in the industry such as architects, engineers, attorneys, developers and brokers.  Mr. Pratt was first licensed as a builder in 1970 and is currently the qualifying officer of Pratt Building Company (“PBC”) which was formed in 1993.  PBC develops raw land for commercial and residential purposes and provides construction services as a general contractor.  Mr. Pratt was awarded the distinction of master builder status by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan after successfully completing the construction of hundreds of custom and semi-custom homes.  Mr. Pratt has been a leader in the construction industry in the promotion and building of energy-efficient homes through the Michigan State 5 Star Program and the National Energy Star Program.  He has consulted with builders, remodelers, subcontractors, insurance companies, financial institutions and law firms since 1996 regarding building codes, contracts, construction standards and other industry issues.  Mr. Pratt has testified as an expert witness relative to construction industry disputes more than 50 times and has been hired for his opinion in over 850 cases.  As an educator, he develops and teaches construction related classes including the 60 hour pre-licensure training required by the State of Michigan.  Mr. Pratt is a licensed real estate broker, building inspector and plan reviewer.  He is also a member of a variety of national and state organizations such as the National Institute of Building Sciences, the International Codes Council, the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, and the National Association of Home Builders.