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Presenter: Graham Irwin and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

This seminar is closed or full.


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.
Log into Webinar:                9:00 - 9:30 am CDT
Morning Session:                9:30 am - 12:45 pm CDT
Break:                                 12:45 - 1:15 pm CDT
Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 5:00 pm CDT

Understanding the Energy Efficiency
          S.C. Thomas

Facts and figures on residential energy use
History of energy-conserving residential construction
Building code requirements
Energy conservation incentives

Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development 
        L. White

Development of PHIUS+ 2018 design standard
History of certifying agencies in US: PHI and PHIUS
Passive House Standard: voluntary performance-based building envelope energy standard
Energy calculations: how and when to perform them
Energy calculation tools: an introduction to tools and their functionality
Assembling a team to ensure quality and performance
Examining common design features of Passive Houses

ural Elements of Passive Houses          G. Irwin

Siting, sizing and orientation
Super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging
Efficient ventilation
Ultra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances
Summer shading and cooling strategies
Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies
Integrating renewable energy technologies

Mechanical and Electrical Systems in Passive Houses
          G. Irwin

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

ing Passive House Case Studies          G. Irwin

Adapting Passive House for different climates
Case studies: in the planning process, under construction and finished projects

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.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Sustainability)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states.HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York 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)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Sustainability (Preferred Provider No. 1232).Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Graham Irwin

Principal at Essential Habitat Architecture, San Anselmo, CA
Mr. Irwin has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. He has a degree in physics and management from Claremont McKenna College with additional studies in engineering and architecture at Harvey Mudd College and UC Berkeley, and an extensive background in software development. Mr. Irwin recognized the potential of Passive House immediately and was one of the first Passive House consultants certified in the US, as well as a founding board member of Passive House California and the Passive House Alliance, US (PHAUS). He was subsequently trained by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany as a Passive House project certifier. Mr. Irwin is actively involved in Passive House advocacy, promotion and education. In addition to project-based work, he advises government agencies on energy policy and lectures regularly. He is a USGBC LEED AP, a Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional, and a licensed architect and licensed general contractor in the state of California.

Smita Chandra Thomas

Principal at Energy Shrink, LLC in Washington D.C.
Ms. Thomas is a subject matter expert in energy efficiency in buildings at the cutting-edge of green technology and energy management strategy. Dedicated to enabling energy efficiency in buildings through building science, Ms. Thomas has nearly two decades of professional experience performing and managing techno-economic analyses in support of demand-side management (passive strategies, conservation, energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable resources) for path-breaking green buildings, programs and policy development. Ms. Thomas has also led and written several winning proposals. Ms. Thomas is a published author with publications at the ACEEE Summer Study and the China Business Review among others.

Lisa White

Associate Director at Passive House Institute US in Chicago, IL
Ms. White serves as the Associate Director for the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) and has been with PHIUS since 2012. Prior to this role, she managed the building certification program and technical review team. Ms. White is a member of PHIUS’ technical committee, as well as an instructor for both Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) and WUFI Passive software training. White holds a degree in Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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: Passive House: Planning, Design and Construction

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation covers energy efficiency of conventional construction, the purpose, principles and development of passive houses, the architectural elements of passive houses, and mechanical and electrical systems in passive houses.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to express the purpose and principles of the Passive House standard and and explain common design features of Passive Houses.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and explain the architectural elements of Passive Houses, including siting, sizing, orientation, super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging, efficient ventilation, , summer shading and cooling strategies, inter solar gain and heat retention strategies, and ultra-efficient lights, fixtures, and appliances.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe mechanical and electrical systems in Passive Houses that optimize heat gains and space conditioning and utilize energy-efficient appliances.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify strategies to integrate renewable energy technologies into a Passive House design.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with residential home design and construction standards

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/17/2023

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.