Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 – 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 – 4:30 pm

Understanding the Energy Efficiency of Conventional Construction         R. Jacobson

   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         J. Books

   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

Architectural Elements of Passive Houses         J. Books

   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 Systems in Passive Houses         R. Jacobson

   Optimizing heat gains

      • Passive solar heat gains

      • Indoor environmental heat gains

   Heat exchanger

   Supplemental heating

   Renewable energy system integration

   Energy-efficient appliances

Evaluating Passive House Case Studies         R. Jacobson

   Adapting Passive House for Minnesota

   Case studies: in the planning process, under construction and finished projects



     6.5 Contact Hours (PDHs)
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers

     6.5 PDHs


     Voluntary Continuing Ed.

Wisconsin Dwelling Contractors

     6.5 Credit Hours

Building Performance Institute

     3.25 CEUs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Minnesota.

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

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The Building Performance Institute has approved this activity for 3.25 CEUs.

This course offers a continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been preapproved by any state contractor licensing board for mandatory continuing education credit.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 6.5 Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification credit hours.


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.


Jennifer Books

Jennifer Books, AIA, CPHC, NCARB, is a licensed architect in Minnesota and Wisconsin, specializing in the design of highly- efficient, healthy and cost-effective sustainable buildings. She is a founding member and principal with Quantum Architects LLC and owner of Architecturally FIT LLC. Quantum Architects provides building owners and developers highly innovative performance-based architectural design services, crafting buildings that reduce heating, cooling and energy consumption by 70-120 percent. With added solar photovoltaic energy systems, these are positive cash flow buildings.

Rolf Jacobson

Center for Sustainable Building Research

Rolf Jacobson, CPHC, LEED AP, is a research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research. He recently rejoined the CSBR after working with the NorthernSTAR Building America research team. Mr. Jacobson brings a strong interest in building science, particularly in the areas of residential energy efficiency, building assemblies, and moisture performance. In 2010, he traveled to Norway on a Fulbright fellowship to study the building science of Passive House envelopes optimized for cold climates. While there, he used energy and moisture modeling tools such as WUFI and THERM to investigate and evaluate a wide range of residential building assemblies. More recently, he has helped conduct research on a variety of residential energy efficiency and building enclosure topics such as an in-situ study of residential ground source heat pumps and insulation retrofit approaches for basements.