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Presenter: Michael Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Day One: Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:00 am - 2:45 pm CST (including a 15-min. break)

Day Two: Friday, November 13, 2020 11:00 am - 2:45 pm CST (including a 15-min. break)

(please log into the webinar 15 - 30 minutes before start time)

Presented by Michael Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE

High-Performance Building Envelopes Day One

Creating a Building Envelope as Part of a Whole Building Approach

The weather outside and the weather inside
Learning from legacy building envelopes and systems
Contemporary systems and emergent trends
Occupancy and use
Energy modeling overview – prediction and measurement
• Energy overview – generation, consumption, conservation
• Embodied energy from construction, materials procurement
• Operational energy
• Life-cycle cost analysis

Regulatory Overview

The shifting energy landscape – electricity, oil, cogeneration, solar, natural gas, steam Impact of energy efficiency upgrades on green designations
• Energy Star
• Green Globes and others

Layer by Layer - Four Critical Barriers and the Anatomy of Wall Systems

Waterproofing and flow control
Vapor retarders and moisture control
Heat transfer principles and thermal performance
Air barriers and air leakage Insulation and thermal bridging
Additional considerations – sound, light, energy absorption, durability, aesthetics
Evaluating exemplar wall systems (Masonry, rain screen, EIFS, curtain wall)

High-Performance Building Envelopes Day Two

“It looked good on paper” – Cautionary Tales of Building Envelope Failures

Early service life failures
Repair and retrofit failures

Foundations, Slabs, and Floors

Four barriers below grade (air, thermal, water, vapor)
Geotechnical considerations
Earth as enclosure – below-grade buildings

Designing and Installing Efficient Fenestration Systems

Fenestration characteristics and parameters affecting energ efficiency
Selection of window systems for energy efficiency
Coordinating window and door locations in the envelope
Laboratory and field testing to predict and verify performance

Designing Energy-Efficient Roofing Systems

Determining insulation level for roofs
Working with low-slope roofs
Metal-panel roofs and steep-slope roofs
Vegetative roofs and “cool” roofs
Transitions – integrating the roof with the building envelope

Strategies for Enhancing the Performance of Existing Building Envelopes

Webinar Instructions

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

7.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects licensed 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 event for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES course information under this seminar listing. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (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).


Michael Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE

Michael Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE, has 25 years of structural engineering and building technology experience, with an emphasis on the performance, maintenance, repair and retrofit of existing buildings and structures. He has planned and directed field and laboratory studies to evaluate the performance and durability of a variety of building systems, components, and materials, including structural systems, facades, and flooring. Mr. Drerup often works closely with specialists in other disciplines to assemble and manage teams tailored for larger and more complex assignments. He has also investigated numerous damage claims resulting from a variety of natural and man-made causes, including earthquakes, weather events, explosions, fire, impact, construction activities, and defective design or construction. Mr. Drerup has served as an expert witness in numerous cases, and has testified at deposition, trial, and mediation. He has served on ASCE’s Forensic Engineering Division since 2001, and recently completed his term as Division Chair. During that time, he has led the development of continuing education seminars for engineers and architects, chaired ASCE’s Fifth Congress on Forensic Engineering in Washington, DC. Mr. Drerup has also represented ASCE internationally, including sponsored trips to forensic engineering conferences in India and Guatemala, and collaboration with the Institution of Forensic Engineers in the United Kingdom. He has served as a reviewer for ASCE’s Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities for more than 15 years, and he was guest editor for a special topic issue on non-destructive evaluation of existing buildings and infrastructure. Mr. Drerup regularly publishes and presents on a range of topics including technical issues, professional practice, and architectural and engineering history.

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: High-Preformance Building Envelopes: Designing for Energy Efficency and Durability

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines how building envelopes can be designed and built with a whole building approach to be extraordinarily efficient from roof systems, wall systems, foundations, slabs, floors, and fenestration systems.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the concept of taking on energy efficiency goals through a whole house approach, and they will be able to identify and describe the four critical barriers of wall systems.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify the four critical barriers below grade and how they are approached in foundation, slab and floor design.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe a building's fenestration characteristics and how they affect energy efficiency, and they will be able to select energy efficient windows and determine optimal locations for windows and doors.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss energy-efficient strategies for roofing systems, including proper insulation levels, low-slope and steep slope roof design, metal roofs, vegetated roofs and "cool" roofs.


LUs: 7                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with building design and efficiency standards

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 09/29/2023

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.