Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 – 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 – 4:30 pm

Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standard

   Current Vermont commercial building energy standards

   2015 IECCIdentifying projects to which it applies

   Reviewing the format and organization of the code

   Examining required submittals/procedures

   Exploring energy models

COMcheck Introduction

   Review functionality on live screen

   Overview of menus, toolbars and fields

   Common COMcheck submittal mistakes

   Alternatives to compliance paths

Building Envelope

   Review the difference between the R and U factors

   Weather-resistive barriers

   Vapor barriers, air barriers and thermal boundaries

   Prescriptive R or U, F, and C

   Slab insulation

   Fenestration requirements

   Requirements for doors and entrances

   Insulation requirements

   Basement insulation strategies

   Exterior foam

Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems

   Calculating loads and equipment sizing requirements

   Mandatory provisions

   Requirements for controls

   Equipment types and requirements

   Simple or complex


Service Water Heating

   Considerations including pipe
     insulation, pool covers and heat traps

Power and Lighting

   Lighting controls


   Power limitations using whole
     building or space-by-space method

Case Studies: Planning, Modeling and Verifying Compliance


     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

Building Performance Institute
     1.86 CEUs

International Code Council
     6.5 Contact Hours

     Voluntary Cont. Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to Vermont architects and 6.5 non-mandatory continuing education hours to Vermont professional engineers. Educators and courses for architects are not subject to preapproval in Vermont.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit outside Vermont will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Due to Vermont-specific course content, this seminar is not eligible for New York architect and engineering continuing education credit.

The Building Performance Institute has awarded 1.86 CEUs for the completion of this seminar.

The International Code Council has approved this event for 6.5 contact hours (.65 CEUs) in the specialty area of energy.

This seminar offers construction contractors a continuing education activity; it has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity with a continuing education requirement.

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.


Arthur “Art” Pakatar, LEED Green Associate, CEA

Principal of The Pakatar Group

The Pakatar Group, a firm dedicated to the built environment. Mr. Pakatar is an industry veteran with several years of experience teaching home performance and construction-related topics. He holds certifications from the International Code Council, the Association of Energy Engineers, the Building Performance Institute, the U.S. Green Building Council and RESNET. Mr. Pakatar is a certified code enforcement officer in New York State and holds the energy code inspector and plans examiner credentials with ICC. Over the past 10 years He has prepared and delivered training to code enforcement officers, design professionals and other construction industry stakeholders throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Mr. Pakatar has taught throughout the United States. Having participated in creating protocols on several pertinent topics, He is considered a subject matter expert on those topics.