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Presenter: Daniel Levy, Ph.D. and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Albany, NY

Marriott Albany
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518-458-8444

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 - 4:30 pm

Energy-Efficient Building Envelope as Part of a
Whole Building Approach
C. Modisher

   Integrating the building envelope with other building systems
   Design considerations
      • Siting and orientation
      • Mechanical and plumbing
      • Electrical and renewable energy systems
   Performance goals
   Occupancy and use
   Energy modeling process to quantify energy savings

Energy Standards, Codes, Incentives and  
Efficiency Designations
S. Wiley

   ASHRAE 90.1
   International Energy Conservation Code
      • Requirements
      • Compliance
   Tax and utility incentives
   Energy-efficiency certifications
      • LEED, Energy Star and others

Creating and Maintaining the Four Critical Barriers
and Wall Systems
N. Shaw

   Qualities of high performance
   Water control
   Air barriers and air tightness strategies
   Vapor retarders and moisture control
   Insulation and thermal bridging
   Foam-free Passive House strategies

Mass Walls: A Case Study of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete
D. Levy

   What is autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC)
   How is AAC produced
   Properties of AAC
   Benefits of AAC
   The Woodstock (NY) Passive House
   Construction process
   Reactions to the home

Designing and Installing Efficient Fenestration Systems 
E. May

   Fenestration characteristics and parameters affecting energy efficiency, thermal comfort and durability
   Evaluation of window products for energy efficiency and comfort
   Designing window and door installation details to maximize performance
   Special topics: Curtain walls, skylights, sloped glazing, retrofits

Making Critical Connections:
Detailing and Constructing Transition Areas
J. Loercher

   Revisiting the four barriers and maintaining continuity
   Design process: developing details and engaging energy modeling
   Construction process: coordinating and sequencing

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

International Code Council
     .65 CEUs (Energy)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New York engineers (NYSED Sponsor No. 35).

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for architects via its affiliation with the American Institute of Architects.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Energy.

This event offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors.

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.


Daniel Levy, Ph.D.

Certified Passive House Consultant PHIUS, Greenspring Building Systems Inc., Woodstock, NY

Mr. Levy designs and builds Passive Houses, specializing in construction with autoclaved aerated concrete. He aims to create healthy and comfortable spaces for all, including those with chemical sensitivities. Previously he taught woodworking technology, and is versatile with both historic and modern woodworking tools. He previously helped renovate 150 Baltimore City row-houses with Habitat for Humanity, where he created a lead abatement program and taught construction. His college education started with a degree in Environmental Studies and continued through a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Education.

John Loercher

Northeast Projects, LLC

Mr. Loercher is an instructor for the Passive House Institute U.S., secretary of the Passive House Alliance - Hudson Valley chapter and owner of Northeast projects LLC. He is a certified Passive House consultant, holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from Parsons the New School and received advanced energy modeling training through Fraunhoffer Society in Germany and Passive House Institute U.S. His firm, Northeast Projects, LLC specializes in Passive House design, high performance building envelope design and advanced energy modeling. It engages a wide range of work from single family residences to commercial projects, mixed-use projects, new construction and retrofits.

Edwin May

Partner, Building-Type LLC, Brooklyn, NY

Mr. May is a licensed architect, Passive House consultant and a LEED Green Associate. He received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001 and a masters of Architecture degree from Parsons the New School in NYC in 2009. He has been an adjunct professor at Parsons the New School University as well an industry professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey where he directed the 2015 ‘Solar Decathlon’ program. In addition, Mr. May teaches with the Passive House Academy, the North American Passive House Network, and Passive House Canada, and he is certified by the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany and the Passive House Institute of the US (PHIUS) as a certified Passive House consultant.

Craig Modisher

Owner, Ironwood Builders, Ithaca, NY

Mr. Modisher has been the owner and operator of Ironwood Builders in Ithaca, New York, for the last 10 years. Ironwood builders is known for its high-efficiency custom homes. As a certified Passive House consultant, he heads the company’s design consulting team and manages their custom homes construction down to the smallest details. Many of their houses also include green building materials, net zero energy design, and unique and creative aesthetics.

Nick Shaw

New York Product Specialist, 475 High Performance Building Supply, Brooklyn, NY

475 High Performance Building Supply helps professionals make durable, resilient, ecological, and energy-efficient buildings that optimize occupant comfort and health by providing knowledge and materials that are essential to high performance buildings. Mr. Shaw is a PHIUS- certified consultant and builder, familiar with a variety of high performance techniques as a self-described sustainable design nerd. He has been working in the green building field for 10 years primarily on integrated design-build projects. He has a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education from Warren Wilson College, and is very excited by the number of high-performance buildings going up in New York. Mr. Shaw spends his free time enjoying the outdoors by hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, and snowboarding.

Seth Wiley

Owner, Pretty Things, LLC, Brooklyn, NY

Mr. Wiley is trained as a sculptor and architect. He has worked in commercial and residential design and construction for nearly 20 years, holds various professional certifications, and has successfully started and run multiple businesses. Mr. Wiley earned his master’s degree in Architecture from Rensselaier Polytechnic Institute in 2006.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

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