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

   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

   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

   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

   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

   Adapting Passive House for Virginia

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


     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Education Hours

Building Performance Institute
     3.25 CEUs

     Voluntary CE Opportunity

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 continuing education hours to engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning 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 event for 3.25 CEUs.

This seminar offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors but has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who completethe entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Michael Bonsby

Michael Bonsby Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC

Mr. Bonsby has 25 years of experience providing residential and commercial HVAC installation, repair and maintenance services in the metro DC area.

Matthew Fine,

Peabody Architects

Project Manager at Peabody Architects
Mr. Fine has over 10 years of experience in project design, management, and production services. His responsibilities have ranged from conceptual design through contract administration to project closeout. Much of Mr. Fine’s knowledge and expertise centers on multi-family residential, mixed-use, urban infill, interior fit-out and adaptive re-use. Mr. Fine received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. As a LEED® accredited professional, he continually seeks to push sustainable and innovative building solutions while addressing the most basic, but often overlooked, role of architecture. Mr. Fine is a certified Passive House consultant (PHIUS). Previously, Mr. Fine served as director of ZA+Dpassiv, a division of Zavos Architects. He was the project leader of that firm’s very successful 2015 Weinberg Commons project, a Passive House retrofit of three 1950’s multifamily housing units. He also has experience in high-performance single family homes. He designed Arlington’s first Passive House in 2012, and two Passive House townhouses (Habitat Empowerhouse) in Ivy City 2014.

David Peabody,

Peabody Architects

Peabody Architects in Alexandria, VA
Mr. Peabody has led Peabody Architects, in Alexandria, Virginia, since 1992, designing more than 100 homes and additions. Witnessing and participating in the growth of sprawl in the suburban DC area through the ‘90’s led to awareness that the way building is done today is not sustainable, and a conviction that architects cannot sit on the fence on environmental issues. Since committing the practice to sustainable design in 2000, he has become increasingly active in issues regarding architecture and the environment, and he has made these issues central to the way the firm approaches its work. In 2004, he became a LEED accredited professional, and in 2009 he became a Passive House certified consultant– one of the first architects in the country to achieve this certification. Mr. Peabody earned his Master of Architecture degree in 1977 from Yale School of Architecture.