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Presenter: Michael Minigh

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Part 1, Tuesday, August 4, 2020
10:00 am – 1:15 pm CDT (incl. 15-min. break)

Common Shortcuts and Construction Defects that Lead to the
Prevalent Moisture Damaged Areas in Building Construction Terminology

   Why these common practices fail, who should be responsible for the
      resulting damage, and how to avoid callbacks and expensive lawsuits
   Mold, rot and bad publicity
   Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
   Manufactured Stone Veneer (MSV)

Overview of Exterior Products and Systems

   EIFS, stucco, MSV, brick, lap siding, flashing, windows
   Commonalities in failures

Most Common Moisture Intrusion Locations

   Actual case studies; Photographs of bad detailing
   Kickouts, windowsills, head flashing, deck attachment, floor lines, etc.
   Building code requirements
   Building code language
   Moisture barriers
   Continuous insulation
   Drainage planes

Moisture Intrusion Testing Protocol

   EIFS Moisture Inspection Report
   EIFS details of most common failures
   MSV series of photos and report templates
   MSV Industry Installation manual
   Specific details that most commonly fail
   Actual class-action lawsuit notices for various cladding materials
   Water is non-discriminating

Part 2, Wednesday, August 5, 2020
10:00 am – 1:15 pm CDT (incl. 15-min. break)

Other Common Failure Locations

   Roof failure details
   Common shortcuts and details that regularly cause failures, leaks, and damage.
   Drainage: Foundations. Crawl spaces, Basements, and Slab floors.
   Common shortcuts that lead to water infiltration.

Repair Protocol and Repair Oversight


Available Resources to Avoid Moisture Intrusion   

      • Journal of Light Construction
      • Fine Homebuilding
      • Deck Building Guide
      • EIMA Details
      • Brick Industry Technical Manual
      • SMACNA Sheet Metal Detail Manual
      • NW Walls and Ceilings Stucco Manual
   Recommended Website
      • Building Science- Joe Lstiburek

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers:
     6.0 PDHs

     6.0 HSW CE Hours
     6.0 AIA LU|HSWs

International Code Council:
     .6 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ or land surveyor courses in FL, KS, NJ, TN and TX, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities
   American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885) International Code Council (No. 1232)
   Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
   American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
   Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland,
      New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (No. S-0130), and North Dakota.
   Course-by-Course Providers: Association of State Floodplain Managers

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i) (2)). NY landscape architects: §79-1.5(i)(2).


Michael Minigh

Mr. Minigh has utilized his 36 years of construction experience and Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)/moisture intrusion technical expertise to prevent, locate, resolve building envelope moisture intrusion problems and EIFS to reduce long-term heating & cooling costs of government, commercial, institutional and residential buildings. He educates and advises government officials, architects, designers, building owners and contractors of the advantages of properly designed, detailed and installed continuous exterior insulation, particularly EIFS and insulated stucco systems. Mr. Minigh assists professionals as a 3rd party inspector/consultant, Expert Witness/Preconstruction problem prevention consultant. He insures the proper detailing and installation of EIFS and continuous insulation for long-term durability and performance. Mr. Minigh performs pre-construction review of specifications and details to insure the accuracy of moisture-resistant design, provide pre-construction coordination of trades and regular on-site inspections.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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: Moisture Intrusion Shortcuts ARE Construction Defects

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines common causes and locations of moisture problems in homes, which are usually related to poor construction practices. This course explores best practices to avoid moisture-related problems in structures and how to locate and repair existing problems.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify construction practice shortcuts that often result in moisture problems in new homes.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify the most common moisture intrusion locations, including kickouts, windowsills, head flashing, deck attachments, floor lines, and flashing.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and describe construction shortcuts that lead to moisture failures in roofs and foundations, crawl spaces, basements and slab floors.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss moisture intrusion repair protocol and repair oversight, and they will be able to reference available publications and website that are available for additional guidance for avoiding moisture intrusion problems.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSW

Prerequisites: Experience with building design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/24/2023

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.