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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Friday, November 18, 2022 
9:00 am – 3:50 pm CDT (including a 30-min. break)


Presented by
Scott Hamel, PE, PhD

Introduction to SIPs
Composition and physical properties
Manufacturing methods

Embodied Carbon Calculations
Insulation blowing agents

Thermal Envelope
Heat movement basics
R-value calculations

On-site Construction and Assembly
Sealant and adhesive basics
Foundation connections
Top-plate and corner connections
Panel connections
Window and door headers
Floor-to-floor framing

Structural Code Provisions

Design of Walls
Out-of-plane bending (strength and deflection)
Lateral in-plane force (racking)

Design of Floors and Roofs
Static transverse bending
Multi-span considerations
Long-term bending (creep)
Span tables


Webinar Instructions
All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council:
0.6 CEUs (Building) 


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed 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)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

 The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232). 

 Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 


Scott Hamel PE. PhD

Professor and Chair, University of Alaska Anchorage
Dr. Hamel completed a B.S. in Civil Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and a master’s in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structures at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Between degrees he worked as a bridge inspector, roadway designer, and bridge engineer in Boston and as a structural engineer in Denver designing hospitals, museums, and courthouses. After earning his license as a professional engineer in Colorado, he returned to school and completed his doctorate in Structural Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Hamel’s research was located at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison and included a three-year long creep study of wood-plastic composites (WPCs). He joined the faculty at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in 2011, where his current research includes the structural performance of polyurethane structural insulated panels (SIPs) and the seismic performance of residential structures with deficient wood-framed shear walls. At UAA, Dr. Hamel teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanics, structural analysis, structural design, loads on structures, and structural reliability.

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: Design of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for Residential and Light Commercial Applications

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course provides an introduction to and guidelines for utilizing structural insulated panels (SIPs). The course will examine the properties and development of SIPs, analyze the thermal envelope and R-value, explore structural code provisions and design concepts, and discuss onsite construction and assembly.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to review the history of SIPs, their composition and physical properties, manufacturing methods, and R-value calculations.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to understand the onsite construction and assembly of SIPs, including sealant and adhesives, floor-to-floor framing, and foundation, top-plate, corner and panel connections.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss structural code provisions (prescriptive, engineered, and performance-based) and the design of walls.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explore design concepts for floors and roofs, including static transverse bending, long-term bending, span tables, and multi-span considerations.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                            LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with structural design concepts

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 09/07/2025

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.