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Presenter: Matthew S. Fine LEED-AP, CPHC, and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Richmond, VA

Hyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum
201 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236
Phone: 804-560-1566

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


   Change everywhere

Passive House Roots in the US and Canada

   The 1973 oil embargo and first efforts at energy efficiency 
   “Mass & glass” vs. improved envelope 
   Synthesis in first Passive House

Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development

   Adoption of US energy efficiency standards 
   Passive House: voluntary, measured performance-based building energy standard 
   Overview of PH standard’s criteria 
   Common elements in achieving the criteria 
   Energy calculation tools: an introduction to tools and their functionality 
   Certifying agencies in US: PHI and PHIUS 
   CPHC training 
   Integrated design process

Architectural Elements of Passive Houses in our Climate

   Size and form 
   The building envelope 
      • Super-insulated envelope 
      • No thermal bridges 
      • Airtight 
   Solar orientation 
   Summer shading and cooling strategies 
   Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies 
   Energy recovery ventilation 
   High efficiency mechanical equipment 
   High efficiency lights, fixtures and appliances 
   Integrating renewable energy technologies

Mechanical Systems in Passive Houses

   Return to less reliance on active measures 
      • Effects of better envelopes 
      • Effects of internal gains
   Attention to glazing percentage 
   Energy recovery ventilation 
   Air distribution 
   Domestic hot water
   Energy-efficient appliances

Passive Houses in Mixed Humid, mid-Atlantic

   Limitations on design 
   Basement construction 
   Spec house 
   Modular houses
   Zero and positive energy houses 


   Single family retrofit 
   Multifamily retrofits

Passive + Direct Current Microgrids to Facilitate Net Zero Energy


Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers  
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers and architects (HSW) in most states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been 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.

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.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors; it has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education purposes.

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


Matthew S. Fine LEED-AP, CPHC

Project Manager at Peabody Architects

Mr. Fine has over 10 years of experience in project design, management, and production services. His responsibilities have ranged from conceptual design through contract administration to project closeout. Much of Mr. Fine’s knowledge and expertise centers on multi-family residential, mixed-use, urban infill, interior fit-out and adaptive re-use. Mr. Fine received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. As a LEED® accredited professional, he continually seeks to push sustainable and innovative building solutions while addressing the most basic, but often overlooked, role of architecture. Mr. Fine is a certified Passive House consultant (PHIUS). Previously, Mr. Fine served as director of ZA+Dpassiv, a division of Zavos Architects. He was the project leader of that firm’s very successful 2015 Weinberg Commons project, a Passive House retrofit of three 1950’s multifamily housing units. He also has experience in high-performance single family homes. He designed Arlington’s first Passive House in 2012, and two Passive House townhouses (Habitat Empowerhouse) in Ivy City 2014.

David Peabody LEED-AP, CPHC

Peabody Architects in Alexandria, VA

Mr. Peabody has led Peabody Architects, in Alexandria, Virginia, since 1992, designing more than 100 homes and additions. Witnessing and participating in the growth of sprawl in the suburban DC area through the ‘90’s led to awareness that the way building is done today is not sustainable, and a conviction that architects cannot sit on the fence on environmental issues. Since committing the practice to sustainable design in 2000, he has become increasingly active in issues regarding architecture and the environment, and he has made these issues central to the way the firm approaches its work. In 2004, he became a LEED accredited professional, and in 2009 he became a Passive House certified consultant– one of the first architects in the country to achieve this certification. Mr. Peabody earned his Master of Architecture degree in 1977 from Yale School of Architecture.

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.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Passive House: Planning and Design

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines the Passive House standard, purpose, principles and developemnt, architectural elements of Passive Houses, mechanical systems, retrofits, and unique design challenges in specific climate zones and conditions.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the purpose and principles of Passive Houses, identify the common elements of Passive Houses, and their performance-based building energy standard.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe architectural elements of Passive Houses, including super-insulated building envelopes, air tight envelopes with no thermal bridges, solar orientation, energy recovery ventilation, summer shading and cooling strategies, winter solar gain and heat retention strategies, high efficiency mechanical equipment, high efficiency lights, fixtures and appliances, and integrated energy technologies.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain Passive House mechanical system strategies to achieve Passive House standards, including dehumidification, attention to glazing percentage, air distribution, energy-efficient appliances, and energy recovery.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and address Passive House challenges in specific climate regions.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                             LU Type: LU|HSW  

Prerequisites: Familiarity with residential construction and HVAC principles

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/06/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost, or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.