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

Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development          S. Kosmecki

   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

Architectural Elements of Passive Houses          S. Kosmecki

   Siting, sizing and orientation

   Super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging

   Efficient ventilationUltra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances

   Summer shading and cooling strategies

   Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies

   Integrating renewable energy technologies

Evaluating Passive House Case Studies          S. Kosmecki

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

Windows and Doors in Passive Houses          D. Lamar

   Four performance values: Uf, Ug, Psi-spacer, Psi-install

   Criteria for comfort and condensation

   Design considerations

   National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and European (EN) standards

Mechanical Systems in Passive Houses          D. Lamar

   Optimizing heat gains

      • Passive solar heat gains

      • Indoor environmental heat gains

   Heat exchanger

   Supplemental heating

   Renewable energy system integration

   Energy-efficient appliances

Discussion and Q&A on Current Issues in Passive House Planning and Design           D. Lamar,S. Kosmecki


     6.5 HSW CE Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 Commercial CE Hours
     6.5 Residential Elective CE Hours

Building Performance Institute
     3.25 CEUs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in most states, including Oregon. This seminar offers 6.5 continuing education hours to Oregon commercial contractors and 6.5 CE hours (elective) to residential contractors. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Oregon.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Building Performance Institute for 3.25 CEUs.

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, New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

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.


Scott Kosmecki, Hinge Build Group, LLC

Mr. Kosmecki is the founder and manager of Hinge Build Group, LLC, a design-build firm that specializes in bringing high-performance speculative building projects to market. Hinge focuses on foam-free building techniques and creates more healthy and thoughtful living spaces. Currently the company is finishing their first Passive House-certified project for the Portland, Oregon, market. Mr. Kosmecki has been involved with the Passive House community since becoming a certified Passive House consultant in 2012. He has created webinars for the Passive House Institute US, lectured on various high-performance building topics and currently is helping manage the local PHIUS chapter in Portland, Oregon. With a masters degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon and almost 20 years as a contractor, Mr. Kosmecki has helped many clients as well as other builders and architects find ways to achieve design and efficiency goals while staying within their budgets.

Dylan Lamar

Green Hammer

Mr. Lamar is one of the leading Passivhaus consultants and teachers in the country, having designed Passivhauses since 2004. He has worked on many Passivhaus first’s in the nation including office/educational buildings (2011), affordable single-family houses (2004), and the largest multifamily Passivhaus in the US (2015). Mr. Lamar has instructed at PHIUS trainings, the University of Oregon, and numerous conference workshops. He translated the PHPP software into IP-units, in 2008 and again in 2014. Mr. Lamar works as an architect and energy consultant with Green Hammer, a design-build firm in Portland, Oregon, and he also provides Passivhaus certification services through CertiPHIers Coop.