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High Performance Building Envelopes: Designing for Energy Efficiency and Durability

Presenter: Michael J. Drerup, P.E.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

Holiday Inn Philadelphia - Cherry Hill
2175 West Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone: 856-663-5300

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 5:00 pm

Creating a Building Envelope as Part of a Whole Building Approach

   The weather outside and the weather inside
   Learning from legacy building envelopes and systems
   Contemporary systems and emergent trends
   Occupancy and use
   Energy modeling overview – prediction and measurement
      • Energy overview – generation, consumption, conservation
      • Embodied energy from construction, materials procurement
      • Operational energy
      • Life-cycle cost analysis

Regulatory Overview

   The shifting energy landscape – electricity, oil, cogeneration, solar, natural gas, steam
   Impact of energy efficiency upgrades on green designations
      • LEED
      • Energy Star
      • Green Globes and others

Layer by Layer - Four Critical Barriers and the Anatomy of Wall Systems

   Waterproofing and flow control
   Vapor retarders and moisture control
   Heat transfer principles and thermal performance
   Air barriers and air leakage
   Insulation and thermal bridging
   Additional considerations – sound, light, energy absorption, durability, aesthetics
   Evaluating exemplary wall systems (masonry, rain screen, EIFS, curtain wall)

“It Looked Good on Paper” – Cautionary Tales of Building Envelope Failures

   Early service life failures
   Repair and retrofit failures

Foundations, Slabs, and Floors

   Four barriers below grade (air, thermal, water, vapor)
   Geotechnical considerations
   Earth as enclosure – below-grade buildings

Designing and Installing Efficient Fenestration Systems

   Fenestration characteristics and parameters affecting energy efficiency
   Selection of window systems for energy efficiency
   Coordinating window and door locations in the envelope
   Laboratory and field testing to predict and verify performance

Designing Energy-Efficient Roofing Systems

   Determining insulation level for roofs
   Working with low-slope roofs
   Metal-panel roofs and steep-slope roofs
   Vegetative roofs and “cool” roofs
   Transitions – integrating the roof with the building envelope

Strategies for Enhancing the Performance of Existing Building Envelopes

   Assessment of current performance – technical and human factors
   Diagnostic evaluation
   Considerations for continuous occupancy
   Case study

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     7.0 HSW CE Hours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     7.0 CPC Hours/PDHs

Building Performance Institute
     3.5 CEUs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 CPC hours/PDHs to professional engineers in most states. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New Jersey engineers (Approval No.24GP00000700).

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects. Partial attendance cannot be reported to the AIA.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The Building Performance Institute has awarded 3.5 CEUs for the completion of this seminar.This seminar also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to contractors; it has not been approved in any state with a contractor continuing education requirement.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Michael J. Drerup, P.E.

Drerup Building Performance Engineering, PLLC in Silver Spring, MD
Mr. Drerup has nearly 20 years of structural engineering and building technology experience, with an emphasis on the performance, maintenance, repair, and retrofit of existing buildings and structures. He has planned and directed field and laboratory studies to evaluate the performance and durability of a variety of building systems, components, and materials, including structural systems, facades, and flooring. Mr. Drerup often works closely with specialists in other disciplines to assemble and manage teams tailored for larger and more complex assignments. He has also investigated numerous damage claims resulting from a variety of natural and man-made causes, including earthquakes, weather events, explosions, fire, impact, construction activities, and defective design or construction. Mr. Drerup has served as an expert witness in numerous cases, and he has testified at deposition, trial, and mediation.

He has served on ASCE’s Technical Council on Forensic Engineering for 13 years, and recently completed his term as Council chair. During that time, he has led the development of continuing education seminars for engineers and architects; chaired ASCE’s Fifth Congress on Forensic Engineering in Washington, DC;and served on the steering committee for the Sixth Congressin San Francisco. Mr. Drerup has also represented ASCE internationally, including two sponsored trips to forensic engineering conferences in India, and collaboration with the Institution of Forensic Engineers in the United Kingdom. He has served as a reviewer for ASCE’s Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities for more than 10 years, and he was guest editor for a special topic issue on non-destructive evaluation of existing buildings and infrastructure. Mr. Drerup regularly publishes and presents on a range of topics including technical issues, professional practice, and architectural and engineering history.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.