Choose the way you want to learn!

This program will be presented simultaneously live, in-person and live online!
There is also the Self Study options. (see below)


8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT
Lunch (on your own)
12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
Afternoon Session
1:00 – 5:00 pm EDT


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

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)

“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 energy 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


COVID Health Considerations: In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only those who are fully vaccinated should gather indoors without masks. Those not yet fully vaccinated should continue social distancing and wearing facemasks indoors. Please review CDC guidance for recent developments.


Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
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 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), and North Carolina (S-0130). 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)). Courses approved by the AIA/CES qualify for Florida
and New Jersey architects. Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or

This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education
System for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation 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).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar
(in-person) for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not
available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event online,
and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts


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 Facilitiesfor 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.

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 ( 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-Performance Building Envelopes: Designing for Energy Efficiency 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: 7.0                                                                                              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 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.

Seminar Price: $289.00

COVID Health Considerations: In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only those who are fully vaccinated should gather indoors without masks. Those not yet fully vaccinated should continue social distancing and wearing facemasks indoors. Please review CDC guidance for recent developments.