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Friday, September 29, 2023
2:30 – 4:30 pm CDT

Presented by: John F. Robbins, CEM/CSDP


  • Learn which IECC climate zones are predominantly cold and need more heating energy
  • Examine modern IECC R-Values for mixed climate zone 4 and cold zones 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Compare the R-values and airtightness of different insulations and building materials
  • Understand how to estimate average assembly R-values to account for framing members
  • Review formulas for estimating thermal conduction impact on heat loss and HVAC heating capacity
  • Examine modern IECC airtightness and testing requirements
  • Learn about air barriers and how they are sealed to each other
  • Review formulas for estimating air leakage impact on heat loss and HVAC heating capacity
  • Study modifications of common assemblies to achieve modern IECC R-value requirements
  • Compare average R-values and condensation potentials with various insulation strategies
  • Learn how to reduce cold-weather condensation potentials in new high-R assemblies
  • Understand why to be cautious when increasing R-values in older assemblies
  • Learn how to assess estimates of HVAC capacity and annual heating energy use

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Professional Engineers
2.0 PDHs

2.0 HSW CE Hours

2.0 LU|HSW*

International Code Council
.2 CEUs (Energy)**

*Live course approval. Pre-approval for on-demand format may be available upon request.
**Live course approval. Not approved for on-demand format.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 2.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 2.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

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 2.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

The International Code Council has approved this event for .2 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). 

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request: 

2.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


John F. Robbins, CEM/CSDP

Energy Consultant in Morning View, KY 

Mr. Robbins has been a mostly residential designer and energy consultant since the mid-1980s who has worked on projects in midwestern and eastern states, mostly in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.  Whether involving new construction or retrofit, his projects aim for lower energy usage and less negative environmental impacts.  Mr. Robbins has also designed and consulted on homes which have passive solar, solar water heating and/or solar electricity, including stand-alone setups like the battery-backed PV system which has powered his office since November 2001.    
Mr. Robbins has two certifications from Association of Energy Engineers (AEE):  CEM for energy management and CSDP for sustainable development.  Mr. Robbins has received six awards from AEE since 1990 for energy and environmental achievements, including 1994 SW Ohio Energy Engineer of the Year and 2004 SW Ohio Environmental Engineer of the Year.  In 2012 AEE honored Mr. Robbins as its Region III Renewable Energy Innovator of the Year.  He was co-recipient of the 1998 Ohio Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in the Education Category.   
A renewable energy advocate and user who once led the SW Ohio Alternate Energy Association (AEA) 1995-2005, Mr. Robbins encourages, assists and teaches energy users to become more hands-on and aggressive in managing and minimizing their heating, cooling and other energy usage.  He has developed and taught energy-focused continuing education courses for Great Oaks Institute in Ohio, Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest in Kentucky, Columbus (OH) Green Building Forum, Impact Management Services in Cincinnati and HalfMoon Education in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  
Mr. Robbins sells no products, receives no commissions for referrals and has had no commercial affiliation with manufacturers or retailers of products and services he uses, recommends or specifies.  

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:
Designing Higher-R Wood-Framed and Concrete Residential Assemblies for Northern Climates

Delivery Method: Live Online 

Course Description:
This two-hour course explores design methods of increasing R-values of wood-framed and concrete residential assemblies in northern climates. The course will also focus on the estimation and analysis of R-values, heat loss, HVAC capacity, and other metrics. The course references the International Energy Conservation Code.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to examine modern IECC R-values for various climate zones and compare the R-values and seal of different insulation and building materials.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to utilize formulas for estimating thermal conduction impact on heat loss and HVAC heating capacity.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to analyze modifications of common assemblies to achieve modern IECC R-value requirements.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to reduce cold weather condensation potential in new assemblies and estimate HVAC capacity and annual heating energy use.

LUs:  2.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs. 

Prerequisites: Experience with residential design

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Intermediate 

Course Expiration Date:  07/05/2026

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. 

USB MP4/PDF Price: $119.00