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Presenter: Brian W. Boschee and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Amherst, NY

Buffalo Marriott - Niagara
1340 Millersport Hwy
Amherst, NY 14221
Phone: 716-689-6900

This seminar is closed or full.


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

Passive House Fundamentals

   Facts and figures on residential energy use
   History of energy-conserving residential construction
   Building code requirements
   Energy conservation incentives
   Definition of Passive House
   Passive House Standard (PHI and PHIUS)

Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development

   History of Passive House
   Passive House criteria
   Passive House planning and thermal comfort
   Architectural components of Passive House
   The building envelope
   Ventilation (balanced)
   Heating and DHW systemsPassive heat gains
   Energy balancing
   Building energy calculations: PHPP
   Common design features of passive houses

Architectural Elements of Passive Houses

   Siting, sizing, massing and orientation
   Super-insulated envelope
   Thermal bridge free construction
   Balanced ventilation
   Ultra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances
   Summer shading and cooling strategies
   Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies
   Integrating renewable energy technologies/net zero

Mechanical and Electrical systems in Passive Houses

   Optimizing heat gains
      • Passive solar heat gains
      • Indoor environmental heat gains
   Heating and cooling loads
   Space conditioning
   Renewable energy system integration
   Energy-efficient appliances

Passive House Implementation

   Passive House for different climates
   Case studies
   Economics and lifecycle cost
   Barriers to PH construction

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

     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) and New Jersey engineers (Approval No. 24GP00000700). 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). Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, North Carolina, and North Dakota.

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.


Brian W. Boschee

Brian W. Boschee is a shareholder with Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson practicing in construction and commercial litigation. Mr. Boschee has extensive experience handling complex construction and business disputes. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked primarily in politics, including positions running a North Dakota Supreme Court campaign and working with United States Senator Byron Dorgan.

Kevin V. Connors, P.E., AIA, CPHD

eco_logic STUDIO, Buffalo

Mr. Connors is founder and Principal of eco_logic STUDIO, architecture & engineering, PLLC, a design firm dedicated to sustainable architecture and community revitalization.

Mr. Connors taught design and sustainable architecture in the Department of Architecture at SUNY Buffalo from 1998 to 2008. He has designed natural buildings (ultra-low embodied energy) and high performance buildings, including a Passive House detailed renovation in Kenmore, New York. Mr. Connors has been responsible for sustainable design and neighborhood revitalization projects supporting the missions of social and environmental justice non-profits on the west side of Buffalo since 2006, including People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) and Massachusetts Avenue Project (M.A.P.).

Mr. Connors has written articles on architecture for Traffic East magazine, and he published a paper in Eco Architecture 2006, entitled, “Natural Building Systems: Experiments in Urban Ecology.” He has 40 years of professional experience in architecture and engineering.

Tuition Costs:

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

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